Skip to Main Content
Printer Friendly

Empire Justice Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing

February 8, 2017

 

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.

As we all know, we have entered a period of great uncertainty.  At Empire Justice, we have concerns that federal support for human services is precarious, at best.  It is therefore perhaps as critical as at any time in recent memory that the Legislature act assertively to affirm its Constitutional commitment to aid and support the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
  
My testimony today will span three agencies: the New York State Office for the Aging, the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the Office of New Americans.  We will discuss the positions set forth below:
  

  1. Invest a Total of $1.962 million in the Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program;
  2. Restore  the Investment in the Disability Advocacy Program at $8.26M;
  3. Protect homeowners by preserving the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network at $30M for two years;
  4. Enact Home Stability Support initiative to reduce homelessness and save money;
  5. Reject the proposed creation of a central administrative hearing division, which lacks needed detail and protection for clients;
  6. Reject the proposed lottery intercept expansion which is unfair and puts low-income individuals at risk;
  7. Eliminate the requirement that public assistance recipients provide Social Services Districts a mortgage to their homes as a condition of eligibility for receiving public assistance
  8. Respond to the urgent need for information, support and legal assistance for immigrants
  9. Invest $100M for child care assistance 

CLICK HERE to read our testimony.

     
  Susan Antos testifies before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee on Human Services on February 8, 2017.  

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



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



Anne Erickson

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


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



Ray Burke

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210


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



Kirsten E. Keefe

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


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



Amy E. Lowenstein

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210


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



Bryan D. Hetherington

Empire Justice Center
Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY  14614 


(585) 454-4060
(585) 454-2518
bhetherington@empirejustice.org



Louise M. Tarantino

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


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