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The Public Benefits Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in public benefits.

 


 

Legislative Memos

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Consistency and Efficiency in Determining Spousal Maintenance in Divorce
In the interest of fair, predictable and consistent matrimonial reform maintenance awards for economically vulnerable spouses in New York, Empire Justice Center supports A.9606/S.7266. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off his or her grant by participation in workfare, it is only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off his or her grant by participation in workfare, it is only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. Read More

Empire Justice Memo on EBT Restriction: Support the Governor’s Article VII Proposal with Added Client Protections
Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal includes legislation that would impose new limitations on the use of the cash assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is intended to comply with recently enacted federal requirements. Read More

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Policy Letters

Letter from Advocates to Nassau and Suffolk DSS re: D-SNAP
On November 27th, advocates from Long Island and around the state wrote to DSS Commissioners in Nassau and Suffolk Counties asking them to request D-SNAP from the federal government to assist Long Island residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Read More

 

Comments 

Comments on Proposed Regulation Amendments for Non-compliance with SNAP Work Requirements and Conciliation Processes
The proposed regulations will help bring New York State into compliance with federal SNAP requirements and the settlement agreement reached in Richard C. v. Proud (12-CV-5942, S.D.N.Y.), a federal class action lawsuit co-counseled by Empire Justice Center, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, Legal Aid Society and Cooley LLP. Read More

 

Testimony

Empire Justice Testimony on New York’s Role in Addressing the Influx of Migrant Youth from Central American Countries
The children that are entering the U.S. through the southwestern border are an incredibly vulnerable population who require a holistic approach in addressing their needs. We believe that if we are to meet the needs of the young people escaping violence and abuse in their home country, New York must look at what kinds of legal, residential and health services are currently available and assess how they might be made more accessible. Read More

 

 


 

Policy Related News

Immigrants to Mangano, county agencies: Speak our languages (Newsday)

Members of the language-advocacy coalition pressed the administration to deliver on executive orders 67 and 72 from 2013, in which Mangano required departments to translate vital documents into six languages other than English and provide "competent interpretation services." Read More

Advocates Demand Action from Mangano on Language Access (Long Island Wins)

A coalition of advocates stood before the Nassau County Legislative and Executive building in Mineola on Monday to demand County Executive Ed Mangano fulfill his promise to meet language access requirements for all county residents. Read More

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Policy Related Articles

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

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

Welfare Sanctions and Fair Hearings: A Profile in Injustice and Waste :
Sanctions clog up the State’s Fair Hearing apparatus with staggering numbers of hearings, a shocking percentage of which are withdrawn when the local district realizes that their position is indefensible. Read More

Policy Related Reports

Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability  This report provides an comprehensive analysis of New York’s use of Social Services Law §106, which allows Social Services Districts to recover public assistance paid to individuals who own their own homes, by taking a mortgage against the recipient’s property. The report also chronicles the legal background of the practice, the interplay between this policy and the push for foreclosure prevention, the need for detailed record keeping, and makes recommendations to ensure that debt is recovered against these mortgages only in the appropriate situations and for the correct amount.  Read More