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Civil Legal Services

The Civil Legal Services Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in Civil Legal Services.



 




COMMENTS

State Budget Results: Funding for Legal Services - Cuts, Restorations and Hope for the Future
The legal services community has suffered significant losses over the past few years as state legislative funding has dropped from approximately $13 million in 2009, to $6 million in 2010 to less than $3.5 million in this year’s budget. Read More

Civil Legal Services - Comments



TESTIMONY

Empire Justice Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing
Our extensive testimony at this year's joint legislative budget hearing on human services. Read More

Civil Legal Services - Testimony



POLICY RELATED 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

Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal
After the release of the Executive Budget Tuesday night, Empire Justice Center expressed appreciation that funding is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for several key programs that assist New Yorkers living at or near the federal poverty level. Read More

Civil Legal Services - Policy Related News



POLICY RELATED ARTICLES

Take Action: Community Health Advocates at Risk
Community Health Advocates (CHA), New York State's free health care consumer assistance program, urgently needs $1.5 million in additional funding to help New Yorkers obtain and navigate health coverage, access low-cost or free care, solve billing issues, fight for their health care rights, and more. Read More

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

Civil Legal Services - Policy Related 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

 



POLICY RELATED NEWSLETTERS

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