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Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services

February 9, 2016

 

I. INTRODUCTION

My name is Susan Antos and I am a Senior Attorney in the Albany office of Empire Justice Center.  On behalf of my colleagues, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to testify today about the Executive Budget as it pertains to human services. 

Empire Justice Center is a statewide legal services organization with offices in Albany, Rochester, Westchester and Central Islip (Long Island).  Empire Justice provides support and training to legal services and other community based organizations, undertakes policy research and analysis, and engages in legislative and administrative advocacy.  We also represent low income individuals, as well as classes of New Yorkers in a wide range of poverty law areas including health, public assistance, domestic violence and SSI/SSD benefits.

My testimony today will span three agencies: the New York State Office for the Aging, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and discuss:

  1. An increase in funding for the Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program;
  2. Continued investment in the Disability Advocacy Program;
  3. Expanded categorical eligibility for SNAP benefits;
  4. Increased fuel and shelter allowances;
  5. An elimination of asset limit tests for public assistance eligibility;
  6. An increased investment in the child care and development block grant by $190 million to maintain slots; and
  7. Prioritizing the distribution of scarce child care dollars to working families.

CLICK HERE to read our entire Human Services testimony.

For more information, please contact:


Susan C. Antos

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
santos@empirejustice.org



Kristin Brown

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
kbrown@empirejustice.org



Saima Akhtar

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
sakhtar@empirejustice.org



Don Friedman

Empire Justice Center
at the Public Advocacy Center
Touro Law School
225 Eastview Drive-Room 222
Central Islip, NY  11722


(631) 650-2316
(631) 348-3571
dfriedman@empirejustice.org