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Policy Matters November 2016


Leading into November, we were busy as bees, making plans for the upcoming state legislative session, when the election happened.  Needless to say, we had to take a breath or two (or three), then look at our priorities with fresh eyes.  We discovered that the core of our work will not change – we are, as we have always been, absolutely committed to making the law work for ALL New Yorkers.  That said, there will be a few changes, so we will be revealing our State Priorities a little later than usual this year!

Civil Rights
In the wake of the many hate crimes that have been perpetrated since the presidential election, Governor Cuomo announced major efforts to protect the civil rights of New Yorkers, including expansion of protections for public school students under the New York State Human Rights Law, and additional legal resources to represent immigrants.  We are grateful that our Governor has been proactive on these issues, and are excited to work to support these and other measures.

You can help us by funding the fight.  We've created three emergency funds that that will help us move quickly to protect the rights of all New Yorkers.  You can also choose to donate where the need is greatest.

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LGBT Rights
Our LGBT Rights Project is hosting three name and gender marker change clinics in Rochester.  These are filling up very fast, so please register – we also need attorney and non-attorney volunteers.  We will pass on info for other clinics around the state as soon as we get them.

Public Benefits
The Home Stability Support train is rolling through the state, including a press conference in Syracuse with Mayor Stephanie Minor and other events in New York City.  Most recently, the New York Conference of Mayors also endorsed the proposal.

Language Access
The Long Island Language Advocates Coalition held their Annual Conference.

Senior Attorney Kirsten Keefe submitted comments on the regulation of vacant and abandoned properties.  New York Legal Assistance Group, Rockland Housing Action Coalition and Western New York Law Center signed on in support.

That’s it for now!  Stay tuned for our State Policy Agenda!

The Policy Team at Empire Justice Center

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