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Empire Justice Center & Legal Services of Central New York Applaud Oneida County Department of Social Services for Successful Completion of Court-Mandated Monitoring

Empire Justice Center and Legal Services of Central New York are pleased to announce the conclusion of a three year period of supervised monitoring involving the Oneida County Department of Social Services (“OCDSS”), which was ordered as part of a settlement agreement in the case of Howard v. Soldato, a class action filed in December of 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Read More

Empire Justice Center Applauds the Governor and State Legislature for Several Budget Outcomes Helping Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2014-2015 state budget, Empire Justice Center is pleased to see several of its legislative priorities contained within the budget, as it provides additional funding and resources for low income New Yorkers. Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo Announcement that New York State Will Preserve $457 Million in Snap Benefits for 300,000 Households

Empire Justice Center wants to thank Governor Cuomo for his decisive action in ensuring that over 300,000 low income New Yorkers do not lose access to critical nutrition assistance. Read More

Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and Re-Elects Board Members

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Read More

Empire Justice Applauds Governor for Signing Bill that Provides Victims of Domestic Violence from Economic Abuse

This law (A.7400/S.5821) will help domestic violence victims by expanding the list of enumerated family offenses to now include identity theft, grand larceny and coercion. Read More

New Report Documents the Costs of Public Assistance Liens on Low-Income New Yorkers and the Critical Need for Repeal or Reform

Today, Empire Justice Center published a report describing and quantifying the hidden costs of public assistance for recipients who own homes. The report, “Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability,” provides an comprehensive analysis of New York’s use of Social Services Law §106, which allows Social Services Districts to recover public assistance paid to individuals who own their own homes, by taking a mortgage against the recipient’s property. Read More

$80 Million Class Action Settlement Helps Offset Federal Cuts In Food Stamps Just in Time for Thanksgiving Holiday

Tens of thousands of low income households across New York State who were improperly cut off or denied Food Stamps are now being issued retroactive benefits as a result of a federal class action lawsuit filed against the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). Read More

Empire Justice Lauds New Law

Governor Signs Bill that Ensures Victims of Domestic Violence Are Not Held Accountable for Abusers’ Violations of Orders of Protection Read More

Empire Justice Statement on Veto of Child Care Bill

Today, Empire Justice Center learned that Governor Cuomo has vetoed A.3498A, which would have provided parents who lose their child care subsidies with more time to find safe alternate care for their children while they work. Read More

21 "Ambassadors for Coverage" Announced

The Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce that 21 organizations across New York have received funding to become Ambassadors for Coverage. This exciting initiative will support community outreach and education about NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, that enables consumers through its website portal,, to shop, compare and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. Read More