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What Separates Welfare from Work

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Empire Justice Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing

Our extensive testimony at this year's joint legislative budget hearing on human serv...

Don Friedman

Managing Attorney

Empire Justice Center
at the Public Advocacy Center
Touro Law School
225 Eastview Drive-Room 222
Central Islip, NY  11722

p: (631) 650-2316 f: (631) 348-3571

Don Friedman is the managing attorney of the Empire Justice Center Long Island office.  He is part of the Government Benefits, Family & Health Unit.

Don's primary focus is in public benefits policy advocacy.  This work strives, at all levels of government, through legislative and administrative change, to ensure that benefits are adequate and accessible to those in need.

Before joining Empire Justice in 2007, Don had been a staff attorney at legal services offices in Queens and Manhattan, the public benefits coordinating attorney at Legal Services for New York City, and a policy analyst at the Community Food Resource Center and the Community Service Society, both in New York City. 

He is a co-founder of Project FAIR, a member of the boards of Hunger Solutions New York and the Public Utility Law Project and a member of the Suffolk County Welfare to Work Commission.  He is the author of An Advocate's Guide to the Welfare Work Rules, available on the Empire Justice Center website. 

Practice Area(s):
Public Benefits