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Empire Justice Center's Legislative Agenda 2009-2011

The Summer issue of the Legal Services Journal highlighted many legislative initiatives for 2009-2011 and provided a “Legislative Scorecard” on those initiatives with detailed articles on a broad array of issue areas. This article will review those initiatives and add to the Legislative Scorecard as we move into the New Year. Read More

2009 Domestic Violence Law Legislative Update

Despite the well-publicized legislative challenges of last summer, a great many bills addressing domestic violence and other issues of interest or concern to families were, ultimately, enacted. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2009-11 Legislative Agenda Scorecard

Empire Justice Center's Legislative Agenda Scorecard for 2009 - 2011 Read More

Child Care Update

This year, the New York State budget allocated $736,036,409 to local social services districts for the provision of child care assistance for the period of April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. Read More

Better Choices Made in New York State

New York State was facing a massive state budget deficit of some $15 billion for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. I suppose we should have taken comfort in the fact that we were not alone in this situation. Under the heading of “misery loves company”, 46 other states were also facing glaring budget deficits this year. Read More

Overview of State Legislation Addressing Language Access Issues

This legislative session included many bills focused on improving access to benefits and public services for limited English proficient (LEP) New Yorkers. Read More

Update from Albany: A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…“ so go Charles Dickens’ famous lines from his work, A Tale of Two Cities written 150 years ago and which perfectly capture the mood of this year’s legislative session. Read More

2008 Legislative Session Update

In the midst of all the chaos that surrounded state leadership and serious concerns about the financial outlook for the state, the 2008 legislative session drew to at least a temporary close with a mix of positive and negative outcomes that will affect struggling New Yorkers and their families Read More

Empire Justice Organizational Priorities

Each year, Empire Justice develops a proactive legislative agenda that reflects our organizational goal of making the law work for all New Yorkers. This year, our agenda focuses on three broad areas – access to legal and other critical human services, strengthening public benefits and public health programs and assisting New Yorkers facing financial crises. Read More

2007 Domestic Violence Legislative Update

Summaries of the domestic violence-related laws passed in 2007 in New York Read More