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LGBT Employment Policy Update: July 2014

Empire Justice Center joins several major LGBT rights groups, including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, in withdrawing our support for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because the bill’s overly broad religious exemption is discriminatory. Read More


Public Assistance and Access to Education: The 2014 Amendments

A detailed background on the welfare work requirements and description of changes that have been made, with occasional commentary. Read More


LGBT Policy Update- June 2014

There have been momentous advances in LGBT rights in recent weeks, both in New York and nationally, particularly for the transgender communities. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2014 State Policy Priorities

Empire Justice Center 2014 State Policy Priorities Read More


2013 Domestic Violence Legislative Update

An update on domestic violence related laws as of July 18, 2013. Read More


Chart outlining child care funding in the NYS Budget 2009-2014

This chart provides detailed descriptions of funding in the state budget over the past several years. Read More


Civil Legal Services Funding State Budget Outcomes

Legislative funding for civil legal services and domestic violence legal services was maintained and OCA funding included as requested in enacted state budget. Read More


Funding for Child Care Assistance in the Budget

The Legislature Negotiates to Increase Funding for Child Care Assistance in the Budget. Read More


Disability Advocacy Program Funding Increased in State Budget

We are pleased to announce that the enacted budget includes a total of $5.26 million in funding for the DAP program! Read More


Final Health Budget Makes Major Changes to Medicaid

Analysis of changes to New York's Medicaid program enacted through the 2013-14 state budget. Read More