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Empire Justice Center 2014 State Policy Priorities

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MEDIA ADVISORY: New Report Calls for Change to New York State Law that Drains the Equity Out of the Homes of Current and Former Public Assistance Recipients

Announcing the release of Empire Justice’s report, “Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability.” Read More


“Richard C” retroactive SNAP payments went out the weekend of Nov. 15th!

This weekend, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing restored SNAP benefits to tens of thousands of households across New York State, in accordance with the “Richard C v Proud” class action court settlement. Read More


The Long Island Language Advocates Coalition (LILAC) Invites you to Our Second Annual Conference!

November 15, 2013 - Speakers will highlight best practices, the legal obligations of government agencies and community service providers, the impact of not receiving services and strategies to effect change. Read More


Child Care in Crisis

Materials related to Empire Justice Center's work to increase access to quality child care. Read More


New York State Law Requires Certificate of Merit Filing with the Summons and Complaint in Residential Foreclosure Cases

The law addresses the “robo-signing” problem in residential foreclosure cases in which cases are filed based on false affidavits, lacking personal review to ensure the homeowner is in default and that the plaintiff is the proper owner and holder of the mortgage and note and possesses standing to sue. Read More


The Hunger Cliff

Representatives in Washington are targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), with a one-two punch of across-the-board benefit reductions scheduled for November and even deeper cuts in Farm Bill proposals. Regardless of politics, these cuts are not just cruel — they’re bad business. Read More


Screening for Disabilities: Ensure Equal Access to Public Benefits

Unfortunately, the welfare system is ill-equipped to recognize disabilities, and therefore too often fails to make needed accommodations for these individuals. Read More


Current Issue of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law Includes New Study on Using Local Laws to Reduce Chilhood Lead Poisoning

Although lead paint was banned by federal law in 1978, it continues to poison children living in homes built before that time. The lifelong effects of childhood exposure to even small amounts of lead are well established by medical research. Read More


NYRL Welcomes Proposed Rulemaking to Curb Abusive Debt Collection Practices

On August 21, the NY Department of Financial Services proposed a new rule regulation debt collection in NYS. NYRL will be commenting on this proposal in the future. Read More