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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

Memo of Support: Create More Subsidies for Low Income Working Families
This analysis from Empire Justice Center, The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Center for Children's Initiatives and The Legal Aid Society shows how every freed up child care slot for infants of public assistance recipients creates three slots for working families. 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: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off their grant by participation in workfare, it's only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. 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

Joint Memos of Support: Clarify and Simplify the Law Guiding Access to Medical Records
Nine advocacy groups from around the state come together in support of legislation that will simplify access to medical records. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure Access to Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
For the past five years, New York’s outdated physical, occupational, and speech therapy cap in Medicaid has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically necessary. Because of the cap, New Yorkers have endured pain that could have been avoided, lost functioning that allowed them to live independently, and lost wages. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Recording of Transfers and Assignments of Mortgages
This bill will provide transparency in mortgage transactions involving residential real property by requiring forms that include the name of the mortgage originator or assignee, their address, phone number, the date the mortgage or assignment was made, and the name of an authorized representative. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Child Care Subsidies for Parents who Work the Night Shift
Parents who work nights often need child care so they can sleep during the day if their children are young and not in school. This bill would require all districts to authorize up to 8 hours of care when such care is necessary for a working parent with a small child to sleep. Read More

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

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Married Victims of Intimate Partner Violence with a Protective Economic Safety Net
A.6049 (Mayer) /S.4569 (Savino) seeks to provide married victims of intimate partner violence with a temporary economic safety net when they seek protection and intervention in Family Court. Empire Justice Center strongly supports this measure. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Standardize Access to Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations in Child Custody Cases
This bill would amend and standardize the procedures involved in court ordered forensic evaluations and reports in child custody and visitation proceedings statewide. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Give Workers the Necessary Tools to Fight Against Wage Theft and Collect Stolen Wages
Wage theft is rampant in New York, as exploitative employers too often hide or transfer their assets to avoid paying wages they have stolen from their employees. Even when workers win a court-awarded judgment, they are unlikely to collect the money owed to them. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Opposition: Don't Allow Check Cashers to become Lenders
This bill would license and permit check cashers to become lenders outside of New York’s traditional and regulated banking system, and without ensuring the safety and soundness of those loans. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide a Fair and Realistic Automobile Resource Rule
This bill will raise the resource level for automobiles to a uniform $9,300 and thereby permit low income families to own reliable cars under all circumstances. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Exempt Retirement Accounts as a Resource for Public Assistance Recipients
This bill would exempt Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Roth IRAs from consideration as a resource when determining eligibility for public assistance. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Improving Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Conferences
This bill provides clarifying amendments to CPLR 3408, bringing the statute in line with the rules and practice of the courts. Read More

Empire Justice Memo: Require OCFS to Assess New York State's Child Care System
A.1083/S.1422 would require OCFS to evaluate and make recommendations on the availability of child care in New York State. 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

Empire Justice Memo of Opposition: Vacant and Abandoned Bill is Harmful to Tenants and Consumer Protections
Empire Justice Center strongly OPPOSES S.4498. While we support the concept of moving foreclosures on truly vacant and abandoned buildings along more quickly, this bill will not significantly hasten the timeline (if it hastens it at all), and only quickens the process at great cost to tenants and owners. It also will cause loss of material consumer protections. Read More

Empire Justice Memo: Protect Consumers from Fraudulent Auto Financing
A.7930-a/S.5506-a would amend section 302 of the personal property law, and will have a considerable positive effect on New York State consumers who are defrauded by auto dealers when obtaining automobile financing. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Keep People in their Communities - Don’t Rush the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
Rushing to move the waiver populations to managed care risks service disruption and much more – it puts people who rely on the waiver programs at risk of institutionalization. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Consumer Protections in the Rent-to-Own Industry
This legislation will have a real and substantial effect on low income consumers seeking to rent or purchase essential family appliances, furniture, and related items from RTO stores operating in New York State. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Protect New Yorkers from Discrimination and Hate Crimes Based on Gender Identity or Expression
GENDA would expand New York’s laws and provisions to address pervasive violence and discrimination against transgender people. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Critical Privacy Protections to Vulnerable Individuals Who Change Their Names
New York’s legislature has long understood that publication and release of sensitive information in name change proceedings places certain applicants at increased risk of harm - sometimes from the very people that the applicant is specifically seeking safety from. This bill 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 Budget Memo: Improving Access to SNAP
How can New York obtain broader anti-hunger relief without tapping out limited state and county dollars? It's simple. New York can take advantage of options available to it to further streamline and expand access to SNAP, which is 100% federally funded. Read More

Cost Analysis: Targeting Child Care Dollars to Low Wage Working Parents
Insufficient funding for child care subsidies for the working poor undermines their ability to stay in the work force and off of welfare. This proposal to amend the social services law will free up the subsidized child care funding necessary to help maintain and expand slots for working families. Read More

Empire Justice Budget Memo: Ensure the Adequacy of Public Assistance Housing Aid
In New York, the Temporary Assistance Program (TA), a crucial component of the safety net for our State’s poorest families, does not enable a family to meet even their most rudimentary needs. The grant barely brings a typical household to even half of the Federal Poverty Level. Read More

Empire Justice Budget Memo: Preserve Immediate Needs Medicaid
The Executive Budget seeks to amend the Social Services law to block the temporary provision of medical services to Medicaid applicants whose medical conditions necessitate immediate care or treatment, and who cannot afford to pay for this treatment themselves. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Clarity Regarding Standing to Sue in Foreclosure Actions
This bill provides a homeowner defendant the right to challenge standing at any time they learn that the plaintiff may not be the rightful party during a foreclosure proceeding. Read More

NYLAG Memo of Support for Legislation Providing Protections to Domestic Violence Survivors
NYLAG strongly supports legislation that would provide protections to crime victims so that they will not be negatively impacted by overbroad nuisance ordinances enacted throughout the State of New York. Read More

LCADV Memo of Support for Legislation Providing Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors
The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence strongly supports proposed legislation providing protections for victims of domestic violence from being negatively impacted by local nuisance ordinances. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide an “Escape Clause” for Victims of Domestic Violence when they Share a Bundled or Long Term Phone Service with Abuser
This bill is one of a growing number of pieces of legislation that addresses and responds to both the practical and safety needs of victims of domestic violence in a telecommunications context. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Consistency and Efficiency in Determining Spousal Maintenance in Divorce
In the interest of fair, predictable and consistent matrimonial reform maintenance awards for economically vulnerable spouses in New York, Empire Justice Center supports A.9606/S.7266. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Amend the Worker’s Compensation Law to Provide 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave
This bill would amend the Worker’s Compensation law to provide 12 weeks of Paid Family Leave Insurance (PFLI) for workers to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Pass the Consumer Credit Fairness Act
Empire Justice Center strongly supports the Consumer Credit Fairness Act, A.9053(Weinstein)/S.7349(Savino), and urges its swift passage to ensure that debt collection actions are fair to consumers throughout New York State. Read More

NYRL Memo of Support: Extend Notice Settlement Conferences for Homeowners
NYRL strongly supports A.9354/S.7119, which would extend provisions of chapter 507 of the laws of 2009 relating to notice requirements to be given to homeowners and tenants regarding foreclosure proceedings, and mandatory settlement conferences. Read More

NYRL Memo of Support: Require that Vacant and Abandoned Properties be Maintained
NYRL strongly supports A.9341/S.7350, which requires mortgagees and their loan servicing agents to maintain vacant and abandoned properties from the point in time that it is discovered that the property is vacant and abandoned. Read More

Joint Memo of Support: Don’t Force Domestic Violence and Other Crime Victims to Choose Between Safety and Housing
Joint Memo of Support from ACLU Women’s Rights Project and Empire Justice Center: Don’t Force Domestic Violence and Other Crime Victims to Choose Between Safety and Housing—Provide Protections from “Nuisance Ordinances” Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off his or her grant by participation in workfare, it is only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. Read More

Why We Need GENDA
There are over 58,000 transgender New Yorkers. This figure grossly underreports the true number of transgender New Yorkers, as it only captures those people who were willing to expose their gender identity and does not represent the population of New Yorkers who are gender nonconforming and do not describe themselves as “transgender.” Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Medicaid Long Term Care Recipients Desperately Need Better Consumer Protections!
A.4996/S.6586 provides important consumer protections for our elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients who rely on personal care services to remain safely at home. Let’s put “fair” back into the Medicaid managed care fair hearing process. Our most vulnerable Medicaid recipients are depending on us. Read More

Believe in Children Campaign
Providing equal opportunity for all New York’s children requires ensuring that they have access to a continuum of high-quality services that support their learning and development and meet the needs of diverse families. Read More

Empire Justice Memo on EBT Restriction: Support the Governor’s Article VII Proposal with Added Client Protections
Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal includes legislation that would impose new limitations on the use of the cash assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is intended to comply with recently enacted federal requirements. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure that Welfare Recipients are Not Punished for Being Disabled
Far too often, public assistance clients are sanctioned for non-compliance with work-related activities, yet the non-compliance is due to a unknown disability, child care problem or transportation difficulties. Empire Justice Center supports A.2669/S.4830, which will protect against unwarranted sanctions due to a disability. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Strengthen Due Process Rights for Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Recipients
A.4996 protects and strengthens the rights of some of the most vulnerable in our communities – elderly or disabled Medicare recipients who are poor enough to also qualify for Medicaid, known as dual eligibles. Read More

Why New York Should Adopt Seamless Transfer of SNAP Cases When Families Move from One County to Another
Low income families lose their SNAP benefits unnecessarily when they report a move to another county within New York State, causing hardship and delay for families and additional administrative burden for counties. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Protect the Homes of Welfare Recipients
New York is one of only two states in the nation that takes deeds and mortgages against the homes of welfare recipients to recover the public assistance paid to these homeowners. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Protect Victims of Domestic Violence from Economic Abuse
Despite many domestic violence victims’ needs for immediate safety and freedom from physical violence, long-term safety and security often cannot be achieved without similar relief from economic and financial abuse. Read More

UPDATED Empire Justice Memo of Support: Disregard a Teen’s Earnings When Determining Child Care Eligibility
UPDATED: This bill would add a new subdivision to Social Services Law 410-w which would require that the earned income of a child under the age of 21 be disregarded when determining the eligibility of a household for a child care subsidy. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: ACT NOW to Give Families and Child Care Providers Time to Plan for a Change in their Child Care Subsidy
This bill has been amended to provide 60 days notice - Empire Justice has updated their memo in support to reflect our support for the amendments. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Public Assistance Mortgages Annual Accounting Will Provide Transparency
UPDATE: Assembly introduces a companion bill for S.5498. Currently, local social services districts do not provide the homeowner with an accounting of the amount of public assistance paid nor the amount of the accrued debt or credits made against the home. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Prohibit and Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Being Charged with Violating Orders of Protection Issued on their Behalf
UPDATE: Senator Robach sponsors "same as" bill in the Senate. Holding someone other than the enjoined party liable for violation of the order of protection not only offends the most fundamental due process guarantees of notice and the opportunity to be heard, but also state law prohibitions against the issuance of mutual orders of protection absent proper jurisdiction. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure Fairness in New York’s Foreclosure Process
This bill requires certification to be filed up front with the summons and complaint. The certificate must verify that the lawyer has reviewed the facts of the case and verified with the plaintiff that there is a “reasonable basis” for filing the lawsuit. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Opposition: Don’t Require Unproven and Burdensome Biometric ID Program for Medicaid
This bill, if enacted, would require the Department of Health to implement a program requiring the use of biometric technology by clinics, pharmacies and hospitals participating in New York’s Medicaid program to identify Medicaid recipients at the point of being seen by clinical staff and again upon completion of care or services. Read More

Memorandum of Support: Amend Social Services Law § 106 to Protect the Homes of Welfare Recipients
New York is one of only two states in the nation that takes deeds and mortgages against the homes of welfare recipients to recover the public assistance paid to these homeowners. This bill would exempt persons who own and reside in one, two or three family homes from this archaic provision. If the goal of New York’s public assistance policy is to restore individuals to self-sufficiency, then it is time to pass this bill! Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Opposition: New Yorkers Would Be Harmed If Check Cashers Became Lenders
This bill would exempt New York check cashers from the state’s usury protections and permit them to make high-cost, unsafe, small-dollar loans. We believe the bill would create an unlevel playing field by allowing check cashers to make loans that are currently prohibited from being made by mainstream, regulated banks and credit unions. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Support Access to Education and Training for the Poorest New Yorkers
This bill provides that four year college can be counted as part of a public assistance recipient’s work activity, and that where a recipient makes a reasonable and appropriate request to be assigned to a particular activity, that request should, where feasible, be granted. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide a Person’s Treating Doctor with the Appropriate Role in Determining Whether They are Employable
This bill would require that, subject to certain criteria, the treating practitioner’s opinion would be “generally controlling” in the determination of employability. Read More

Supplemental Memo of Support: The Appeal Rights Provided in A.4996 Do Not Violate Federal Law
A.4996 seeks to clarify due process protections for this vulnerable population and ensure that dual eligibles mandated into the MLTC Program have the same procedural rights to notice and fair hearings as other Medicaid recipients. Read More

Protect Family Health Plus in the Budget
The Executive Budget would eliminate Family Health Plus, a program that has served as a lifeline for low income workers in New York State for over a decade. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Support Transparency and Accountability in Charity Care Funding
This year, if the charity care allocation methodology does not change, New York could lose hundreds of millions in federal DSH funding. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: New York State is Long Overdue for an Increase in the Minimum Wage
Empire Justice Center strongly urges the New York State Legislature to pass legislation that increases the minimum wage. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Improve Access to Education and Training to Improve Employability for New Yorkers Receiving Public Assistance
This bill provides that four year college can be counted as part of a public assistance recipient’s work activity, including time spent studying and preparing for class, as long as the student maintains a cumulative C or equivalent average. Read More

Target Child Care Dollars to Support Low Wage Working Parents
Child care is in crisis. There are not enough dollars available to serve both eligible working families and families on public assistance who are provided a guarantee of child care when they are required to participate in job search or workfare. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Fully Disclose that Public Assistance is a Debt
This bill takes an important first step towards clear notification to recipients of public assistance that the cash assistance they receive is a debt owed to New York State. While we support this legislation, we believe the bill should go further to advise public assistance recipients of their related rights, and to require that local districts acknowledge these rights as well. Read More

Provide Protecton and Fairness for People with Disabilities: Screening and Accomodation for Public Benefits Clients
Empire Justice Center proposes that local social services districts across New York State offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for disabilities, to ensure that needed accommodations and access to benefits are granted. Read More

New Yorkers for Responsible Lending Memo of Support for the Consumer Credit Fairness Act
NYRL, a statewide coalition of consumer advocates which Empire Justice is a member of, calls for the Consumer Credit Fairness Act to be enacted. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Pass the Consumer Credit Fairness Act
Our memo of support urging the legislature to enact the Consumer Credit Fairness Act. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure All Parties to a Fair Hearing Have Access to All Evidence
Our memo of support for an amendment of the Social Services Law that will ensure all parties to a Fair Hearing have access to all evidence. Read More

UPDATED: Don’t Legalize Debt Settlement Scams in New York State
This memo of opposition has been updated to reflect amendments to the bill. The bill now focuses on for profit budget planning. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of support: The Misuse of Credit History Information Must be Restricted
Employers are increasingly checking prospective, as well as current employees’ credit histories. The practice blocks qualified applicants from desperately needed jobs and advancement. It also impacts people whose credit reports contain erroneous information, sadly, not an uncommon occurrence. Read More

UPDATED: Don't Require Unproven & Burdensome Biometric ID Program for Medicaid
This bill amends the Public Health Law to require use of biometric technology to identify patients and providers in the Medicaid program. Read More

Help Low Wage Parents Keep their Jobs
Support the temporary work exemption for parents of young children and read about how this proposal would have helped one family. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Victims of Domestic Violence with Improved Access to Health Insurance-Related Confidentiality Protections
Domestic violence victims have reported that abusers have both become privy to sensitive medical treatment information, and have discovered their safe locations through health insurance-related correspondence, billing, and claim information- especially in cases where the abuser is the primary policy holder. Read More

Memorandum in Opposition: New Yorkers Do Not Need Check Cashers as Lenders in New York
Empire Justice Center strongly opposes A.7047/S.3841, referred to as the “short-term financial services loan act.” We believe the bill would create an unlevel playing field by allowing check cashers to make loans that are currently prohibited from being made by mainstream, regulated banks and credit unions. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Raise New York’s Minimum Wage!
A raise in New York’s minimum wage will help over one million New York workers pay for their basic needs. Read More

Meidicaid Matters Memo in Opposition to Biometric Screening
MMNY submits this memorandum of opposition to A.6555D/S.4384D, which would require Medicaid beneficiaries to present a new identification card and verify their identity with a biometric device in order to access services. Read More

Empire Justice Center Memo in Opposition: Don’t Require Unproven and Duplicative Biometric ID Program for Medicaid
This bill, if enacted, would require the Department of Health to implement a program requiring the use of biometric technology by clinics, pharmacies and hospitals participating in New York’s Medicaid program to identify Medicaid recipients at the point of being seen by clinical staff and again upon completion of care or services. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Child Day Care Cost Study
This bill directs the Commissioner of OCFS to conduct a study to evaluate the actual costs associated with the provision of child day care services. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Include a Health Exchange in the Final Budget
Empire Justice Center strongly urges passage of a health insurance exchange and would also like to express concerns about proposals in the Senate’s and the Assembly’s budget amendments that would delay or require additional studies of the State’s assumption of Medicaid administration. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Child Day 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 (OCFS). Read More

UPDATED: Maximize Federal Dollars Flowing to New York: Invest in the Disability Advocacy Program
The Disability Advocacy Program is a nationally recognized program that generates documented and ongoing savings for the state and for local governments. Read More

New Yorkers for Resonsible Lending: NYS Needs Public Data to Help Identify Discrimination in the Homeowners Insurance Market
Evidence shows that insurers that write homeowners policies in New York fail to adequately serve communities of color. New Yorkers living in communities of color pay more for inferior insurance products and are more often denied private market coverage than those living in predominantly white neighborhoods. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide a Fair & Realistic Auto Resource Rule & Remove the Sunset Provision
We strongly support A.7236 AND S.410, which would replace the current two-tiered automobile resource exclusion with a uniform $9300 exemption, and extend a number of other resource provisions that were enacted as part of welfare reform. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Due Process for Consumers in Medicaid and Family Health Plus Overpayment Actions
Empire Justice urges the Governor to sign legislation that would give consumers vital protections and procedural rights in overpayment actions. Read More

Prioritize Child Care Dollars to Keep Low Income Parents Working
This legislation would allow New York make best use of limited child care dollars by shifting funding to pay for child care slots for parents with jobs and allowing non working parents with children under two to care for them at home. Read More

Legislative Memo: Allow Part D Co-pays to Count Toward Medicaid Co-Pay Cap
A.576 would protect all Medicaid recipients by allowing Medicare Part D co-pays to count toward the Medicaid co-pay cap limit, resulting in fewer elderly and disabled New Yorkers leaving the pharmacy without their medicine. Read More

Legislative Memo: Help Protect Homeowners and Shorten the Foreclosure Process- Clarify Standing to Sue in Foreclosure Actions
This bill provides that only the owner and holder of a mortgage and note, or its agent, shall have standing to commence a mortgage foreclosure action. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Disregard Teen Earnings When Determining Child Care Eligibility
Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee have introduced a bill, that would exempt the income of teens when calculating a family’s eligibility for child care assistance. Read More

Legislative Memo: Provide Meaningful Access to Justice for Victims of Workplace Violence
This legislation recognizes and addresses the fact that intimate partner violence does not stay within the four walls of the home. Frequently, it extends into all areas of society, including the workplace. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Eliminate finger imaging from the Food Stamp Program
Over the years there has been no evidence on a national or statewide level that finger-imaging is a cost effective method of avoiding duplicate participation. Read More

NYRL Announces Campaign to Prevent Unfair Foreclosures
When filing a foreclosure case, servicers should be required to establish up front that they have the legal right to foreclose. Read More

NYRL Announces Campaign to End Unfair and Discriminatory Employer Credit Checks
A growing number of employers are checking the credit histories of job applicants and employees, and using the information to deny people jobs and other opportunities. This practice blocks qualified applicants. Read More

NYRL Announces Campaign to Ensure Fair Debt Collection Practices
NYRL urges the passage of the NYS Consumer Credit Fairness Act to stop abuses of debt buyers. Read More

Empire Justice Supports Bill to Provide Parents Time to Plan When they Lose Child Care Assistance
This bill provides a simple and cost-effective way to ensure that parents and providers are aware of decisions made by the counties that will impact their household budgets and business income so that they have time to develop a plan to respond to the loss of financial assistance. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide that class action status should not be denied
Amend the CPLR to provide that class action status should not be denied or withheld in a case “solely because the case involves governmental operations.” Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Create Reasonable Licensing and Bonding Requirements for Debt Collectors
Licensing is a critical component in creating reasonable control mechanisms over the debt collection industry at a time when consumers are facing dire economic circumstances. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support : Amend CPLR 8602 to Define “Prevailing Party”
This bill would amend the definition of "prevailing party" in CPLR § 8602(f) to include "a party whose pursuit of a non-frivolous claim was a catalyst for a voluntary or unilateral change in position by the opposing party that provides any significant part of the relief sought." Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Repeal The 185% Earned Income Cap
When New York State passed its welfare reform initiative in 1997, working families on public assistance were promised that they could earn their way to the poverty level with the state’s enhanced earnings disregards. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Allow Families to Earn Their Way to the Poverty Level
Repealing Social Services Law 131-a(10) will help assure the success of families leaving welfare, allowing them to earn their way to poverty. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Implement all available federal waivers to maximize food stamp participation
This bill would amend section 95(1) of the Social Services Law by adding a new provision to ensure that the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance applies for, and implements across the entire state, all available waivers under federal food stamp rules. Read More

Memorandum in Support: Require Local Districts to Maintain Waiting Lists for Child Care Assistance
This bill would amend Social Services Law §410-z to 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 detailing the length of time that eligible families remain on the waiting list before they receive child care services. Read More

Empire Justice Memo on Federal Policy Recommendations to Help New York Homeowners
Subprime mortgage lending triggered the foreclosure crisis. Subsequent declines in the economy and in home values are increasing the risk of mortgage default and foreclosure. Following is a summary of the present outlook and most current proposed solutions taken from industry analysts, regulators, scholars and the media. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support - Establish the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention and Safe Housing Act
This bill will require that primary prevention plans be put into place to ensure that the highest risk areas of the state are inspected for lead-paint hazards. Read More