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Empire Justice Center Statement on CFPB Director Cordray Stepping Down

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has been a beacon for millions of Americans harmed by abusive financial services practices. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo's Hate and Human Rights Laws Expansion

The horrifying events that transpired in Charlottesville this past weekend showed us all that we have a long road ahead of us to reach a place where hate has no home in our hearts. We all have a responsibility to stand for what it right. Read More


Empire Justice Stands with Immigrants & Their Families

Empire Justice Center is proud to be one of more than 180 organizations across the country to stand up and speak out against the completely un-American attack on immigrants proposed by Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), and championed by President Donald Trump. Read More


Henrietta woman fights foreclosure to keep her house and wins (Democrat & Chronicle)

The foreclosure process can be maddening, even to attorneys who deal with it for a living... But free counseling and legal services can help distressed homeowners avoid certain pitfalls that can hurt a person’s chances of getting a loan modification, extension or lower interest rate. Read More


Empire Justice Statement on New FHFA Rules.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a rule requiring Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Banks, and the Office of Finance to adopt plans that promote inclusion. These entities will also have to develop policies that address reasonable accommodations for employees to observe their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read More


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: 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


Foreclosure help program faces loss of funding, advocates say (Newsday)

A network of housing agencies and legal groups that has helped more than 20,000 Long Islanders facing foreclosure is pushing to get funding for its work included in next year’s state budget. Read More


Capitol Pressroom: Kirsten Keefe on Foreclosure Prevention (WCNY)

Capitol Pressroom - We discussed options for those facing foreclosure on a mortgage or a reverse mortgage from Empire Justice Center Senior Staff Attorney Kirsten Keefe. 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


We Stand with ALL New Yorkers (Nosotros estamos unidos con todos los Neoyorquinos)

The outcome of this election has shaken us all to the core. (El resultado de las elecciones nos ha sacudido a todos.) Read More


Domestic Violence and Legal Advocacy Groups Applaud Federal Guidance to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Empire Justice Center and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) applaud new guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on current nuisance ordinance laws. Read More


Empire Justice Press Release: 2016 Legislative Session: Great Strides and One Huge Disappointment

Upon the completion of the 2016 Legislative Session, Empire Justice Center was excited to see significant strides in addressing wage theft, and two huge victories that will impact the ongoing effects of the forclosure crisis on homeowners and communities. At the same time, the organization also expressed incredible disappointment that, for the third year in a row, essential protections for crime and domestic violence victims were not enacted by the New York State Senate. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State and Budget Address

Empire Justice Center reactions to Governor Cuomo's 2016 State of the State and budget address. Read More


City to fix law that snared victims (Democrat & Chronicle)

Nearly three years after Javonnta Simmons sued the city, demanding that officials change a law that unwittingly punished abuse victims, the city is fixing the law — while continuing to fight Simmons in court. Read More


No One Should Be Punished for Calling 911 (Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law)

Responding to the Spread of Harmful Housing Ordinances in Illinois Read More


Press Release: African American and Latino Borrowers and Neighborhoods of Color Continue to Have Little Access to Home Purchase Lending

Empire Justice report details how the increase in mortgage lending between 2011 and 2013 did little to help communities of color participate more fully in the American Dream. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Chief Judge’s Creation of Permanent Commission on Access to Justice

Today, Empire Justice Center applauded Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann’s July 22 announcement that the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York will become a permanent Commission. Read More


Media Advisory: New Report Shows That African American and Latino Borrowers and Neighborhoods of Color Continue to Have Little Access to Home Purchase Lending

Media are invited to a community forum releasing Empire Justice’s report, “The River Runs Dry II: The Persistent Mortgage Drought in Rochester’s Communities of Color.” Read More


NY zombie home woes will linger at least 2 years: report (Poughkeepsie Journal)

New York’s home foreclosure crisis will drag on at least through 2017 even though it has largely receded in many parts of the nation, a new report says. Read More


Empire Justice Center Releases In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclosure Damage Continues (RealEstateRama)

Empire Justice Center released its most recent report, “In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclosure Damage Continues,” detailing the state of the foreclosure crisis in Rochester, NY, as well as all of New York State, and its impact on neighborhoods and municipalities. Read More


Foreclosures continue to hurt Rochester neighborhoods (City Newspaper)

For some time now, government reports have painted a fairly upbeat picture about the winding down of the foreclosure crisis and the rebound of the real estate market. But that’s taken from a national overview. Read More


Report from Empire Justice Center Looks at Home Foreclosures (Time Warner Cable News)

A team from the Empire Justice Center released a report Thursday titled "In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclose Damage Continues." Read More


Empire Justice Center Releases In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclosure Damage Continues

Empire Justice Center report calls for State and Federal policies to stabilize New York neighborhoods impacted by foreclosures. Read More


Report: NY foreclosure woes to linger at least 2 years (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

New York’s home foreclosure crisis will drag on at least through 2017 even though it has largely receded in many parts of the nation, a new report says. Read More


Rochester Foreclosure Rates Remain Steady (rochesterhomepage.net)

A new report out shows that Rochester is not out of the woods yet when it comes to the foreclosure crisis. Read More


Under local laws, 911 calls turn domestic abuse victims into ‘nuisances’ (Al Jazeera America)

Nuisance ordinances, designed to curb illegal activity in rental properties, punish survivors of violence, critics say Read More


Crumbling foreclosed houses haunting Metro area (New York Post)

Thousands of vacant and abandoned eyesores are blighting neighborhoods across New York as the foreclosure crisis expands along a troubling new front: zombie loans. Read More


NY Senate gives final passage to foreclosure prevention bill (Daily News)

A bill to extend foreclosure prevention measures another five years won final legislative approval Tuesday. Read More


Empire Justice Center Applauds the Governor and State Legislature for Several Budget Outcomes Helping Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2014-2015 state budget, Empire Justice Center is pleased to see several of its legislative priorities contained within the budget, as it provides additional funding and resources for low income New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and Re-Elects Board Members

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Read More


Long Island Foreclosures Spur Looters Amid Home Limbo (Bloomberg)

Brenda Clarke, a single mother of three on Long Island, New York, said looters at the foreclosed home next door stoked her deepest fears about getting evicted. Read More


There Goes The Neighborhood: Foreclosed Homes Shelter Crime, Threaten Communities (Long Island Press)

New York State had the third-highest number of homes in foreclosure in the nation—5 percent of mortgages, with 8 percent more in serious delinquency—behind Florida and New Jersey as of August, according to analytics firm CoreLogic’s latest report this summer. Read More


New York Attorney General Dedicates $20 Million to Housing Counseling (National Mortgage Professional Magazine)

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced $20 million in grants to fund housing counseling and legal services for homeowners across the state. The award money represents the second round of a three-year, $60 million commitment made by the Attorney General’s Office to aid struggling homeowners in New York who are fighting to avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes. Read More


Be Our Guest: The fight to protect vulnerable homeowners from predatory lenders is not over (NY Daily News)

State Sen. Jeff Klein championed legislation requiring lenders to prove they actually own properties on which they wish to foreclose Read More


Casting light on 'shadow dockets' (Times Union)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation designed to outlaw the kind of legal limbo that has enveloped thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure. Read More


Cuomo Signs Law to Curb 'Shadow Docket' (New York Law Journal)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that proponents hope will erase two vexing problems that cropped up during the mortgage foreclosure crisis beginning in the late 2000s. Read More


‘Shadow docket,’ other bills are approved by Cuomo (Times Union)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that would help keep troubled homeowners out of the so-called “shadow dockets” in which foreclosure proceedings have started but have been stalled by a lack of proper paperwork by lenders or loan servicers. Read More


Empire Justice Center Praises Governor for Quick Action on “Shadow Docket” Bill

Today Empire Justice Center praised Governor Cuomo for swiftly signing legislation that keeps homeowners at risk of foreclosure from falling into a legal limbo, allowing them to get into court supervised mediation more quickly to obtain affordable loan modifications. Read More


NYRL Press Release: (New Yorkers for Responsible Lending)

State Coalition Applauds Governor Cuomo for Signing into Law a Bill to Prevent “Robo-Signing” Abuses in the Foreclosure Process and Curtail New York’s “Shadow Docket” Read More


NY 'Shadow Docket' Law Shifts Onus To Foreclosure Lawyers (Law360)

A bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo designed to reduce the size of New York's “shadow docket," where thousands of strapped homeowners reside in foreclosure limbo as their costs escalate, will force lenders and their counsel to bring ironclad suits or risk quick dismissals, experts said Thursday. Read More


Home Sweet Home; Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill to Help Thousands of NYers Avoid Foreclosure (AARP New York)

AARP-backed Measure Will Speed Mediation, Deter “Robo-Signing,” Blight Read More


‘Shadow Docket’ bill among those signed by Cuomo (lohud.com)

Among the 132 bills approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday: A measure that will require a “certificate of merit” at the start of a foreclosure proceeding, which lawmakers hope will cut down on so-called “shadow docket” of pending foreclosures. Read More


Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, And Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein Take Aim At Big Banks Exploiting Foreclosure Victims (NYS Attorney General)

Elected Leaders and Foreclosure Victims Highlight Recently Passed Legislation That Could Eliminate New York’s “Shadow Docket” and Help Homeowners Keep their Homes Read More


Awaiting Foreclosure Relief (The New York Times)

Legislation in New York awaiting the governor’s signature would prevent lenders’ lawyers from leaving homeowners facing foreclosure in a state of legal suspense. Read More


Attorney General And Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein Take Aim At Big Banks Exploiting Foreclosure Victim (Brooklyn News Corp)

Alongside Bronx foreclosure victim Daisy Vargas—and the four generations of family members who call her Castle Hill residence home—top elected leaders highlighted recently passed ​legislation aimed at preserving important homeowner rights during the foreclosure process. Read More


Proposed ‘Certificate of Merit’ bill aims to help foreclosure victims (New 12 The Bronx)

New legislation seeks to help Bronx homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Read More


Governor Urged to Take Quick Action on Bill to Help Spare NYers from Foreclosure

Statewide Coalition Says Every Day of Delay Puts 92 More Homeowners at Risk of Losing Homes; Bill Would Speed Mediation for Affordable Loan Modifications Read More


Press Release: Empire Justice Center Applauds the State Legislature for Passage of Key Bills Affecting Low-Income New Yorkers

Two domestic violence bills, one child care bill and a critically important foreclosure bill passed both houses at the end of session last week. Read More


Plan loads home loans (Times Union)

Federal agency asks to add big fee to mortgages, citing state's foreclosure shields. Read More


A. G. Schneiderman Announces $20 Million In Funding To Help Families In New York State Avoid Foreclosure (Office of the Attorney General)

A portion of the $20 million is also going to support a partnership between the OAG and two “Anchor Partners,” who will assist with training, technical assistance, and other support systems to ensure the network is providing the highest quality of services to at-risk homeowners. The Center for New York City Neighborhoods will serve as Anchor Partner for groups operating in NYC, and the Empire Justice Center will serve as the Anchor Partner for the rest of the State. Read More


Report finds FHA/VA Lending Disproportionately Prevalent in Neighborhoods of Color

Leading community organizations, including Empire Justice Center, today report evidence of a two-tiered mortgage market characterized by high rates of government-backed loans made both to borrowers in communities of color and to minority borrowers in their new report, “Paying More for the American Dream VI: Racial Disparities in FHA/VA Lending.” Read More


AG Announces $60M in Foreclosure Help Funding (Long Island Press)

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday a $60-million program to assist struggling homeowners facing foreclosure on Long Island and beyond. Read More


A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $60 MILLION COMMITMENT TO FUND HOUSING COUNSELING AND LEGAL SERVICES FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS (Post Star News)

At an event at the Long Island Housing Partnership, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the launch of the Homeowner Protection Program, his office’s commitment of $60 million over three years to fund housing counseling and legal services for struggling New York homeowners. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Announces $60 Million Commitment To Fund Housing Counseling And Legal Services For Struggling Homeowners (NYS Attorney General)

Funding Housing Counseling And Legal Services Will Help Struggling New Yorkers Keep Their Homes Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Introduces Legislation To Protect New Yorkers From Foreclosure Fraud (New York State Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the introduction of his bill in the state Legislature that would protect New Yorkers from fraudulent business practices like "robosigning" in the foreclosure process. Read More


New Survey of Housing Counselors Points to Banks Failures in Compliance with Foreclosure Prevention (California Reinvestment Coalition)

A new survey of housing counselors in California reveals the failure of banks to comply with policies and programs that would help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Announces Up To $15 Million Of National Mortgage Settlement To Extend Funding For Foreclosure Prevention And Other Related Services (NYS Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that up to $15 million of the $132 million he secured in the national mortgage servicing settlement will be used to extend funding for foreclosure prevention and other related services. Read More


NYS Foreclosure Prevention Services Program Campaign Applauds Efforts to Restore Funding

The New York State Foreclosure Prevention Services Campaign today applauded the New York State Legislature for its efforts to restore funding for the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the FY 2012-13 budget. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Secures $136 Million For Struggling New York Homeowners In Mortgage Servicing Settlement (NYS Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today a $136 million settlement for New York with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses. Read More


Push to Avert Foreclosures Hits Court Logjam (The New York Times)

Courts statewide have been mired in often hopeless cases involving loans that have left bus drivers and grocery clerks, among others, owing $700,000 or more on homes that have fallen in value. Read More


Foreclosure Dispatches: Views From Around the Country (Huffington Post)

Dispatch #1: Sarah Ludwig and Josh Zinner, Co-Directors, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) in New York City Read More


Foreclosure Prevention Services Funding Campaign Rally & Press Conference

On January 31st, advocates from across New York gathered in The Well of the Legislative Office Building to rally for funding for the vital services they provide to homeowners facing foreclosure. Read More


Rally against Foreclosure Prevention cuts (YNN)

Homeowners in crisis were looking for a little help at the state capitol on Tuesday. Some fear proposed state budget cuts could trigger more home foreclosures. Read More


Thousands of Distressed Homeowners Will Be Left in the Lurch by Imminent Loss of State Funding for Foreclosure Prevention

Elected Officials, Advocates and Homeowners Call for Funding in New York State’s Budget for Foreclosure Prevention Read More


Non-profits, lawmakers want foreclosure-prevention funds in budget (Politics on the Hudson)

Non-profit groups that provide counseling and legal services to homeowners at risk of foreclosure and a number of lawmakers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include $25 million in the state budget to continue the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program. Read More


‘The Capitol Pressroom’ with Susan Arbetter (WNYC- The Empire)

Listen to Kirsten Keefe, our senior staff attorney with the Consumer Housing, C.A.S.H. and Community Development Unit in the Albany office as well as Hilary Lamishaw, housing counselor at TRIP/ NeighborWorks Alliance NYS react to the Governor's budget proposal. Read More


Foreclosure services seen at risk in budget (Newsday)

Homeowner advocates said Tuesday that an array of counseling and legal assistance programs for people facing foreclosure is endangered by cuts in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed state budget. Read More


State Money Will Help Replace U.S. Funds for Foreclosure Aid (New York Law Journal)

Legal service providers apparently have made up approximately $2.3 million of the $22 million that they expect to lose for their foreclosure prevention programs as the federal stimulus money that has financed the work dries up. Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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Opinion: NY must keep helping homeowners (Newsday)

After the nation's housing bubble burst in 2008, New York State took action to address the foreclosure crisis crippling housing markets and devastating low-income communities. The state invested in an innovative, collaborative web of programs to provide housing counseling and legal services to New Yorkers confronted with the loss of their homes. But now that funding is set to expire. Read More


Foreclosure Prevention Programs Urge State to Pick Up Funding (New York Law Journal)

Foreclosures have slowed to a crawl in the last year as lenders coped with accusations of slipshod procedures and the state courts imposed a requirement that attorneys and lenders attest to the accuracy of their filings. But that breathing space is about to end, court officials say. Read More


Judge Calls Off Eviction of Rochester Woman, For Now (YNN)

Rochester homeowner avoids eviction with the help of housing counselors. Read More


Thousands caught in foreclosure (Times Herald-Record)

Across Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, thousands of families have already lost their homes, and thousands more face the prospect of eviction in coming years, as the worst housing crisis in decades plays out across the region. Read More


LI foreclosure filings at twice state rate (Newsday.com)

Long Island homeowners received foreclosure-related filings at twice the statewide rate in the three years following the 2007 collapse of the subprime lending market, the state comptroller reported Tuesday. Read More


Budget Cuts Imperil Legal Aid in Foreclosure Cases (The New York Times)

The state’s budget squeeze has put at risk more than 120 legal aid and homeowner-counseling agencies across the state that have provided a last-ditch legal and economic lifeline to thousands of distressed homeowners. Read More


More cuts hit foreclosure prevention assistance (The Daily Record)

Monroe County loses its foreclosure settlement conference referee due to court budget cuts. Read More


Cuomo vetoes pay for foreclosure prevention services (The Business Review)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of $1.5 million to pay for foreclosure prevention services in New York shocked housing advocates who say the program is vital to help struggling homeowners. Read More


Veto of Foreclosure Prevention Services Severs Lifeline for Homeowners

Legal services and housing counseling providers across the state decried Governor Cuomo’s veto of $1.5 million in foreclosure prevention services funding which was put in the budget by the Assembly Majority in a last ditch effort to keep the program alive through the end of the state fiscal year. Read More


Advocacy group laments loss of foreclosure services funds (Daily Gazette)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to cut funding for foreclosure prevention services at a time when data indicate the number of homes in foreclosure will greatly accelerate in coming months, according to an advocacy group. Read More


Foreclosure crisis entering a new phase (The Daily Record)

Dr. Barbara van Kerkhove, Research and Policy Analyst at the Empire Justice Center recently published an exhaustive report on the state’s foreclosure crisis. The report indicates the state is nowhere near the end of the foreclosure crisis, which now includes those homeowners with good credit and prime loans. Read More


717 more LI homes in foreclosure process (Newsday)

More than 700 mortgage borrowers fell into the foreclosure process on Long Island last month, according to a report released Thursday that also showed the pace of home repossessions slowing. Read More


69,000 NY home loans at risk of foreclosure (The Business Review)

Nearly 69,000 home loans in New York are at imminent risk of foreclosure, a situation that an advocacy group said today could lead to a “tsunami” of foreclosures over the next year or two. Read More


New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters (The Notion: The Nation's Group Blog)

The Empire Justice Center is predicting a “tsunami” of foreclosures coming, and Bank of America is refusing to write down mortgage debt. Republicans in Congress want to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program, which helps people keep their homes and Democrats are flagging in their support. Read More


Foreclosure prevention group seeks $15M in state funding (The Business Review)

Housing advocates will be at the Capitol in Albany, New York, today asking legislators to set aside $15 million in the budget to continue a foreclosure prevention program that will run out of money this year. Read More


Forecast for New York: “Tsunami” of Foreclosures (Public News Service)

Nearly 69,000 home loans statewide are at imminent risk of foreclosure in New York, and the majority of them are prime, rather than subprime or 'alt-A' loans. Read More


Flood of Foreclosures Expected Just as Funding to Help Homeowners Dries Up

New analysis of data from the Federal Reserve of New York shows that the foreclosure crisis in New York is far from over – and without legislative action to provide funding for the state’s “Foreclosure Prevention Services Program,” thousands of homeowners will have little help in saving their homes when foreclosure strikes. Read More


Tenants do have rights if foreclosure looms (Times Union)

Tenants are the invisible victims of the mortgage crises, with very few advocates. Read More


NY Joins National Foreclosure Work Group (The Daily Record)

New York is joining the rest of the nation in a bipartisan mortgage foreclosure working group being led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Read More


EPA Recognizes the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning for Outstanding Community Leadership (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning has been selected as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its leadership in community-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the city of Rochester, New York. Read More


Is a New State Law Curbing Home Foreclosures? (Times Union)

New York’s tough new foreclosure law might be cutting the number of foreclosures in the state — at least temporarily. Read More


Press Release: Paying More for the American Dream IV

Study finds TARP-supported banks reduced lending to communities of color dramatically in Rochester, New York and six other cities across the nation. Read More


Empire Justice Joins with Better Choice Budget Campain in Calling for State to Balance Budget by Raising Revenues, Not Cutting by Critical Services (A Better Choice for New York)

Campaign launches TV ads focused on closing corporate tax loopholes and asking wall street to help bail out Main Street. Read More


Banking on Hypocrisy (Politico)

While American families have made clear that they overwhelmingly support the reforms that a new consumer financial protection agency will produce — like clear, understandable terms and conditions for consumer credit products and accountability for the big banks — the lobbyists have made equally clear their plan to kill the agency. Read More


New Law Mandates Settlement Conferences in All Foreclosure Cases (Nassau Lawyer)

New laws now require all lenders seeking to foreclose mortgages to participate in a settlement conference in court. Read More


Governor Paterson Issues Executive Order 21 Establishing the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning (NYS Governer's website)

State Agencies Will Collaborate on the Development of a Coordinated Strategy to Eradicate Childhood Exposure to Lead Read More


Press Release - Paying More for the American Dream III

This report examines the impact of CRA in seven metropolitan areas in the United States: Chicago; New York City; Los Angeles; Rochester, NY; Boston; Charlotte, and Cleveland. Read More


Empire Justice Center Praises State Senate For Acting to Stop Thousands of Children from Being Poisoned by Lead in their Homes Each Year

Empire Justice Center advocates applauded the State Senate today for passing the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention and Safe Housing Act (S.6350/A.6399), a landmark bill to identify housing with lead hazards and provide tax credits to prevent thousands of children in New York from being permanently and irreversibly damaged by lead poisoning. Read More


Spitzer State of the State Message Brings Message of Hope and Unity

Advocates from the Empire Justice Center expressed optimism as they watched Governor’s Spitzer’s State of the State address today. Read More


Advocates Applaud Governor Spitzer

Advocates Applaud Governor Spitzer Proposing Needed Improvements in Health Coverage, Housing and Increasing Child Support to Low Income Children in a Difficult Budget Year. Read More


Report Highlights Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending By Country’s Largest Lenders

Today at the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council meeting, a collaboration of advocacy agencies, including Empire Justice Center, released a report showing that the largest lenders making both prime and subprime loans have a disproportionate share of their higher cost loans going to minority borrowers across the nation. Read More