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2016 NYS Budget Wrap: Disability Advocacy Program

Funding outcomes for the Disability Advocacy Program in the 2016 New York State budget season. Read More

2016 NYS Budget Wrap: Civil Legal Services

Funding outcomes for Civil Legal Services in the 2016 New York State budget season. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2016 State Policy Priorities

Shelter, heat, food, economic stability. Health and home care, fair wages, freedom from discrimination. Empire Justice Center's 2016 Policy Priorities are meant to highlight several of the most important ways New York State can recommit to providing a strong foundation on which all New York families have the opportunity to build toward the American Dream, right here in our state. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare

This bill would amend Social Services Law to require local social services districts to credit the value of workfare against public assistance debt. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Screening Public Assistance Clients for Disabilities: A Promising, but Very Frustrating Development

After years of advocacy, OTDA finally chose a screening tool, the Modified Mini Screen (MMS), to identify public assistance applicants with menatl health conditions and other disabilities. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Health

A look at some of the health bills and other health initiatives we worked on this legislative session. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Domestic Violence

Selected domestic violence-specific or related bills which successfully navigated both houses of the legislature this session. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Child Care Legislation

In the 2015 legislative session the Assembly passed four bills that were identified in our report Still Mending the Patchwork as critical to the fair and equitable administration of child care subsidies in New York State. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2015 State Policy Priorities

All New Yorkers, particularly the most vulnerable, should have an equal opportunity to pursue justice and the road to prosperity. For too many of us, this is not an option. To work toward achieving these goals, New York must make investments and statutory changes in 2015. Read More

New Law Makes the Rules regarding Welfare Mortgages Clear and Provides Transparency and Accountability

The 2014-15 New York State budget contains Article VII legislation that amends SSL 106 to clearly state that HEAP, child care and SNAP cannot be charged against welfare mortgages. Read More