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Policy News

On the policy front, Empire Justice Center continues to seek ways to improve the way the law impacts struggling individuals and families in our state, while at the same time keeping an eye out for proposals that would undermine their legal rights or their often tenuous economic security. Read More

Social Services and Child Care State Budget Outcomes

Social services and child care state budget 2011 outcomes. Read More

State Budget Results: Funding for Legal Services - Cuts, Restorations and Hope for the Future

The legal services community has suffered significant losses over the past few years as state legislative funding has dropped from approximately $13 million in 2009, to $6 million in 2010 to less than $3.5 million in this year’s budget. Read More

How the proposed changes to EPIC in the 2011-12 Executive Budget will affect seniors

Analysis of proposed changes to EPIC Read More

Empire Justice Center 2011-12 State Legislative Priorities

New York State has long led the nation in crafting effective and responsive policies in times of crisis; our ability to lead and to foster innovation in the face of adversity is second to none. We all agree that New York must pursue new approaches and new policies that will help our state recover from the economic recession so that we can begin to thrive once again. Read More

2010 Domestic Violence Legislative Update

The following is a summary of this session’s domestic violence related bills that passed both houses of the New York State Legislature or were recently signed into law by Governor Paterson. Read More

Legislative Round-Up: 2009-2010 Session

Another tempestuous session of the New York State Legislature recently concluded. It was a session often characterized by political stalemate and dominated by the State’s budget woes. Therefore it is not surprising that there was considerable frustration within the community of advocates for low-income New Yorkers. Read More

Research and Advocacy on TANF Stimulus Spending

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) included a $5 Billion appropriation for what is known as the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund. New York State is eligible to receive, in total, approximately $700 million through this fund. Read More

Generate Savings by Restoring Funding for the Disability Advocacy Program

Slated for an additional 10% cut to base funding on top of an 8% cut last year, the DAP program's ability to draw down the maximum amount of federal dollars has already been severely compromised. Read More

Turned Away: A Snapshot of New York's Justice Gap

For two months in 2009, Legal Services Funding Alliance members kept track of the number of people who contacted them for legal assistance, but due to lack of resources, they were unable to provide services to. Read More