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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.

Read our 2017 State Legislative and Administrative 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 Legislative 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: Expand Access to Drivers’ Licenses
Empire Justice Center strongly supports A.4050, which would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue limited purpose drivers’ licenses without requiring applicants to establish their legal presence at the time of the application. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: New York State Must Require that Student Loan Servicers be Licensed
Student loan servicing has generally gone unregulated in New York State, and confusion about student loans is common among borrowers, in part because there are no common rules. This bill would set a baseline level of procedures and protections to provide common sense notice and protections for borrowers. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: New York State Must Establish a Child Care Task Force
Empire Justice Center supports the creation of a child care availability task force, with the understanding that a task force is just one part of the solution to the child care crisis. New York State needs to develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for significantly expanding access to quality, affordable child care for all children and families. 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

Emnpire Jusitce Comments on Protecting the Mortgage Insurance Fund
Empire Justice Center's comments focus on how HUD’s current foreclosure alternatives program for FHA-insured loans avoids unnecessary payment of insurance claims, and thus protects the mortgage insurance fund (Fund) and our communities. Read More

Joint Comments on Sterling Bancorp's Acquisition of Astoria Financial
We joined with other advocacy organizations representing Long Island to submit comments on Sterling Bancorp’s Proposed Acquisition of Astoria Financial Corporation. Read More

Empire Justice Center Comments on SNAP Income Conversion Factors
Current income conversion standards permit states to select the most efficient methodology to help simplify procedures for state eligibility workers and limit barriers to participation for families in need. A shift in this will increase state agency costs, and county workload in our county administered benefits system. Read More

Policy Letters Comments


TESTIMONY

Empire Justice Testimony on the New York State Supplement Program
Empire Justice Center testimony on the impact that State takeover has had on the administration of the State Supplement Program and delivery of benefits to eligible recipients. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Barriers to Accessing Quality Child Care
Child care is in crisis. Senior Attorney Susan Antos testifies before joint committees on what can be done to improve access and affordability of child care for low income families. 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: 2017 Legislative Session

Empire Justice Center achieved one notable win that will have a huge impact on disabled New Yorker’s access to disability benefits, but were keenly disappointed by being unable to get legislation that would allow victims of wage theft to get paid what they are owed, and a bill that would have ensured that crime and domestic violence victims’ right to call 911 is not impeded in communities where there are local nuisance ordinances, passed in the Senate. We came so close. It’s a shame New Yorkers will be without these critical protections until 2018. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: Senate Can Pass S.405 Today or Tomorrow to Solve the Nuisance Ordinance Problem

Senator Robach’s bill, S.405, which has already passed the Assembly and is in the Senate Rules Committee would fix the constitutional problem by creating a statewide exemption in these laws for crime victims, including domestic violence victims, so that it is clear that they will not be penalized if they call 911 for help. Read More

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

Policy Collaborations Policy Related News Items


POLICY RELATED ARTICLES

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Administrative 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

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Legislative 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

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

 

Policy Related Newsletters