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Significant Victories in State Budget to Benefit Struggling New Yorkers

After an initial review of the budget agreement struck by the Governor and Legislative leaders this week, the Empire Justice Center declared victory on several important initiatives that will have a positive impact on New Yorkers who are struggling financially. Read More


Empire Justice Center Releases New Report on Hospital Charity Care

Empire Justice Center released a new report, Holes in the Safety Net, which has found that almost one-half of the 23 hospitals surveyed failed to provide family members of seriously ill, uninsured patients with the information they needed to get financial assistance in advance of medical emergencies. Read More


NYS Foreclosure Prevention Services Program Campaign Applauds Efforts to Restore Funding

The New York State Foreclosure Prevention Services Campaign today applauded the New York State Legislature for its efforts to restore funding for the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the FY 2012-13 budget. Read More


Aging & Health Groups Call on Governor Cuomo to Restore Harsh Cuts to Senior Rx Program

Senior advocates, pharmacists, aging and health care counselors, and cancer prevention organizations are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore copayment assistance to older New Yorkers who are enrolled in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program. Read More


Class Action Plaintiffs Seek Contempt Order Against Suffolk County Department of Social Services

The Empire Justice Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice filed a motion today charging that the SCDSS is violating a 2009 court order by systemically failing to provide the families with timely food stamps and Medicaid. Read More


Thousands of Distressed Homeowners Will Be Left in the Lurch by Imminent Loss of State Funding for Foreclosure Prevention

Elected Officials, Advocates and Homeowners Call for Funding in New York State’s Budget for Foreclosure Prevention Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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AARP and Empire Justice Center Press Release: Time to Leave Finger Prints Behind

Announcing the release of "Time to Leave Finger Prints Behind, Fair Hearings in NYC Show How Unfair Finger Imaging is for New Yorkers Read More


Statewide Campaign to Save the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program Press Release re: Assembly Hearing

Campaign members traveled from all over the state to New York City to testify at Assembly Hearings on Foreclosure to underscore the critical role funding from the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program plays in allowing them to help save homes in their communities. Read More


Dickerson Decision: Clears up Civil Union Confusion in the Courts and Brings Long Awaited Justice to Victim

In a landmark decision in the case of Dickerson v. Thompson, the Appellate Division, Third Department, reversed a lower court’s ruling and granted dissolution of a Vermont civil union for lifelong New York resident and victim of intimate partner abuse, Audrey Dickerson. Dickerson sought relief in New York because, as a non-resident of Vermont, she was unable to dissolve her civil union there. Read More