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Empire Justice Center and the National Health Law Program Announce Victory for Medicaid, ADA Beneficiaries

Federal Judge Issues Order Requiring State Health Officials to Stop Limiting Medical Services to Recipients Under Medicaid and the ADA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2016 Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Signing of Ground Breaking Legislation to Improve Foreclosure Process and Address “Zombie” Properties

In a victory for communities across New York State that are still struggling to recover from the foreclosure crisis, both houses of the Legislature passed two pieces of legislation that, combined, will have a tangible impact on upstate and Long Island communities still struggling to recover from neighborhood blight caused by the recession and the foreclosure crisis. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: 2016 Legislative Session: Great Strides and One Huge Disappointment

Upon the completion of the 2016 Legislative Session, Empire Justice Center was excited to see significant strides in addressing wage theft, and two huge victories that will impact the ongoing effects of the forclosure crisis on homeowners and communities. At the same time, the organization also expressed incredible disappointment that, for the third year in a row, essential protections for crime and domestic violence victims were not enacted by the New York State Senate. Read More

Report Calls for Fair Treatment of Homeowners with Limited English Proficiency

A report released today by Americans for Financial Reform documents how borrowers with limited English proficiency (LEP) face a heightened vulnerability to fraud and predatory practices when navigating the financial system. Empire Justice contributed to this report. Read More

Empire Justice Center Applauds Two Great Wins For Equal Access

Today the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule clarifying the nondiscrimination protections provided by Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More

Press Release: NYS Budget Delivers Mixed Outcomes for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2016-2017 state budget, Empire Justice Center is excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included in the budget, but notes that it falls short on a number of other critical priority issues. Read More

Press Release: Empire Justice Center and Local Advocates Announce Agreement with KeyBank

Today, local housing, lending and consumer advocates were breathing a collective sigh of relief and expressing support for KeyBank’s announcement last week of its commitment to invest $16.5 billion in low and moderate communities over the next five years. Read More

Court Orders New York State to Provide Assistance to Immigrants in “Temporary Protected Status”

In a recent decision in the lawsuit Karamalla v. Devine, Erie County Supreme Court Justice Nugent-Panepinto declared that the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) refusal to provide Safety Net Assistance (SNA) to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) violates both the New York State and United States Constitutions. Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State and Budget Address

Empire Justice Center reactions to Governor Cuomo's 2016 State of the State and budget address. Read More

TURN UP THE HEAT: New Report Calls for Updates to Obsolete Shelter and Fuel Allowances

The report, titled “Turn up the Heat: It’s Time to Raise New York’s Shelter and Fuel Allowances,” compares the low and vastly out of date levels of the shelter and fuel allowances to the much higher market costs of rent and fuel today, and finds that both clearly fall short of what is needed to support a warm and stable home. Read More