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Empire Justice Center Testimony for the 2017 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Housing
Empire Justice Center's testimony prepared for the 2017 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Housing. New York State must commit $30 million in funding for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network to continue the great strides we've made in keeping New Yorkers in their homes. Read More

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

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection
Empire Justice Center's testimony before the joint legislative committees on the 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal regarding Public Protection. New York State must continue to ensure access to justice, regardless of a person's ability to pay for an attorney. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Housing
Empire Justice Center's testimony submitted to the Joint Legislative Committees on the 2016 - 2017 Executive Budget proposal - housing. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony Regarding New York’s State’s Draft Child Care Development Fund Plan for FFY 2014-2015
Our testimony on New York's draft CCDF PLan for 2014 - 2015, including comments on access to quality child care, the effects of lead poisoning on minority communities, immigrant access to quality child care and access to language services at local district offices. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on New York State’s Draft Child Care Development Fund Plan for FFY 2012-2013
Access to subsidies gives children in low income families the opportunity to engage in an early learning experience that their families could not ordinarily afford. Much of this testimony focuses on areas where we believe OCFS can expand access to child care subsidies to two underserved populations: children in immigrant families and children with special needs. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan
In the Governor’s proposed Deficit Reduction Plan, several funding streams, are slated for substantial cuts that will not only undermine your commitment and the Assembly’s commitment to legal assistance, but will also result in INCREASED costs to the state. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Discriminatory Mortgage Practices in New York State
Testimony before the Assembly Standing Committee on Banks on discriminatory mortgage practices in New York State. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the joint legislative hearing on health in the Executive Budget
There is no question that the Governor’s Health Budget moves us in the right direction. Low-income New Yorkers across New York will see their access to public health coverage improve as a result of proposals to simpl Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the NYS Economic Security Forum
Make no mistake -- lead poisoning continues to have a devastating impact on New York State’s children and on its economy. Although statewide the incidence rate of new cases is now below 1% of the children screened, that figure may have lulled many of us into a false confidence that the problem is under control. In reality, lead poisoning remains at crisis levels in concentrated areas -- “pockets of lead poisoning” – consisting primarily of older, economically poorer neighborhoods. Read More

GRCRC Testimony at Governor Paterson's Economic Security Cabinet
Comments focused on two areas that directly affect lower-income homeowners and indirectly impact lower-income and minority neighborhoods—the current foreclosure crisis and the lack of access to affordable, quality homeowners insurance. Read More

GRCRC Testimony at the Public Meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Comments on the proposed acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corporation by the Bank of America Corporation. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Joint Legislative Hearing on Economic Development & Taxes
Our testimony today will focus on components of the proposed budget regarding economic development. Investments made in other economic development sectors will come to naught if we do not simultaneously and vigorously attack the foreclosure crisis. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Human Services in the 2008-2009 Executive Budget
Testimony to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees regarding budget priorities for Human Services Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Adequacy of the Public Assistance Grant
This hearing enables us to examine the extent to which the welfare grant enables poor households to meet their fundamental needs. And if it fails to achieve that objective, then we must determine how best to remedy the situation. Read More