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Policy Advocacy

Each year, Empire Justice Center’s policy team undertakes a robust policy agenda which includes legislative and administrative priorities we seek to advance as well as policies and programs we monitor closely to ensure they are not eroded. In this section of our website you will find bill memos, comments, letters, testimony, reports, advocacy materials and news articles related to this critical component of our work.

Click here to view our 2016 State Policy Priorities.

For more information about Empire Justice Center’s policy work contact Kristin Brown Lilley, Director of Policy Advocacy.

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LATEST LEGISLATIVE AGENDA/ACTION ALERTS

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Budget Priorities :
As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More

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LEGISLATIVE MEMOS

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Districts to Maintain Child Care Waiting Lists
This bill would require local social services districts to maintain waiting lists of all families who are eligible for child care assistance, and to provide an annual report to the Office of Children and Family Services. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Give Domestic Violence Victims in Crisis Critical and Reliable Information about Their Legal Rights and Remedies
Despite its initial creation over two decades ago as a key part of New York’s 1994 ground-breaking Family Protection and Family Violence Intervention Act overhaul of domestic violence laws, the Victim’s Rights Notice has never been substantially amended. Read More

Joint Memo of Support: Preserve the Right to Call 911
No victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime in New York should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Nevertheless, numerous municipalities throughout New York have passed local laws, so called “nuisance ordinances,” that have this precise result. Read More

Memoranda of Support/Opposition


 POLICY LETTERS

Empire Justice Letter of Support for Name Change Legislation
A.2242 (Bronson)/S.5240 (Savino) not only is in line with existing policy, but enhances and clarifies the law for name change applicants who need the benefit of the law’s critical safety protections. Read More

Empire Justice Letter of Support: Restore Meaning to the Medicaid Managed Care Prescriber Prevails Law
Empire Justice Center urges Governor Cuomo to sign A.7208/S.4893 amending New York Social Services Law (SSL) § 364-j(25) regarding prescriber prevails procedures in Medicaid managed care. Read More

Joint Letter of Support: Pass Legislation to Protect Crime and Domestic Violence Victims!
In New York State, and nationwide, no victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Read More

 COMMENTS

Empire Justice Comments on Updated SNAP Eligibility
Empire Justice Center is grateful for the addition of Perkins educational programs to the allowable SNAP employment and training offerings. Read More

Empire Justice Comments to DFS on Vacant and Abandoned Properties
The proposed regulations for vacant and abandoned properties are quite comprehensive and thoughtfully address most of what needs to be included in the final regulations. Read More

Empire Justice Center Comments to CFPB on High Cost Installment Loans
If there is an unwillingness to ban high-cost payday lending outright on the federal level, then we call on the CFPB to act with great care to ensure that the rules only have the effect of regulating payday lending where it is legal, and not the unintended effect of opening the door to payday ending in states where it is illegal. Read More

Policy Letters Comments


TESTIMONY

Empire Justice Center Testimony before the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
Empire Justice Center remarks on child care payment rates, eligibility practices, copay policies and preserving precious child care dollars for working families. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Home Health Aide Shortage
Although our clients encounter numerous barriers to accessing the home care to which they are entitled, the shortage of aides has been the biggest obstacle to care by far. The home care workforce shortage is not new, but it is reaching crisis proportions attributable to a constellation of factors including an aging population; stagnation of already low home care wages; limited public transportation; and the relatively recent, and long overdue, application of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) travel and overtime requirements to home care workers. Some agencies are capping aide hours to avoid FLSA requirements, resulting in further reduction of the available workforce. Read More

 


POLICY COLLABORATIONS

Joint Memo of Support: Preserve the Right to Call 911
No victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime in New York should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Nevertheless, numerous municipalities throughout New York have passed local laws, so called “nuisance ordinances,” that have this precise result. Read More

MCCAP: Statewide Partners Maximize Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Federal Prescription Drug Benefits and Health Resources for Low Income Elderly and Disabled New Yorkers
The Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program (MCCAP) is a statewide program that provides essential assistance to low income seniors and people with disabilities in access health services and reducing their Medicare costs. Read More

Joint Letter of Support: Pass Legislation to Protect Crime and Domestic Violence Victims!
In New York State, and nationwide, no victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Read More

 POLICY REALTED NEWS ITEMS

Empire Justice Press Release: New York State Delivers a Tight Budget with Several Notable Wins for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the finalization of the 2017-2018 state budget, Empire Justice Center was excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included, including a new $1 million investment that will allow the organization to dramatically increase the amount of assistance it can provide to immigrants in need of legal representation, as well as two notable policy changes. At the same time, other important programs and proposals sustained losses that will be acutely felt by hard working New Yorkers in the coming year, causing much concern Read More

Suffolk creates hotline for homeowners facing foreclosure (Newsday)

Suffolk County has established a new hotline connecting homeowners at risk of foreclosure with free housing counseling and legal services. Read More

Empire Justice Center Blasts Trump Decision to Rescind Protections for Trans Students

Empire Justice Center absolutely condemns the federal government's rescission of critical guidance that directed publicly-funded schools about how to ensure equal access to educational resources and facilities for transgender and gender non-conforming students Read More

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POLICY RELATED ARTICLES

Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures are Now Entitled to Mandatory Settlement Conferences :
This year’s budget removed the exclusion of reverse mortgages from the definition of “home loan,” bringing reverse mortgage foreclosures into the mandatory settlement conference process. Read More

Foreclosure Prevention Funding Gets Six Month Extension from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman :
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman agreed to provide further funding from settlement money proceeds under his control to ensure foreclosure prevention services continue throughout New York State. Read More

SWEAT: More to be Done for New York's Workers :
Over the past few years, Empire Justice Center has been working hard to advocate for the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) Bill [A.628 (Rosenthal)/S.579 (Peralta)] - legislation designed to fight against New York’s wage theft epidemic and to close loopholes in our state’s labor laws. Read More

Related Policy Articles


POLICY RELATED REPORTS

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law   Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in New York State are now clearly protected by our Human Rights Law (HRL), thanks to new regulations issued earlier this year. Our NEW GUIDE explains what gender identity-based discrimination might look like, and how to exercise your rights under the HRL.   Read More
 
NYRL Report: Divergent Paths  Divergent Paths reveals wide variations in the implementation of foreclosure settlement conference rules. The wide variations in implementation have the potential to leave tens of thousands of New Yorkers at heightened risk of losing their homes.  Read More
 

Policy Related Reports



POLICY RELATED NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters March 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

 

Policy Related Newsletters