NEWSLETTER: Policy Matters, January 2017

Policy Central January 31, 2017

January 2017 Policy matters

Governor Cuomo released his executive budget proposal, and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to maintain New York’s status as an open and welcoming state, which we applaud.  As usual, there are several areas where we also believe the budget proposal is not where it needs to be, despite the bright spots.  You know we’re already over at the Capital doing our thing, on the ground, working to make the law work for ALL New Yorkers.

Civil Legal Aid
Our President & CEO, Anne Erickson, testified before the Joint Legislative Committee on Public Protection on how the Governor’s budget proposal will impact civil legal aid funding in New York State.

Public Benefits
The Home Stability Support proposal continues to move forward, with endorsements from New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the New York City Council, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, the New York Times, the New York City LGBT Community Center, the Ali Forney Center and The Door.

We submitted comments on proposed amendments to SNAP eligibility at the federal level.


Protect New York Homes Logo

The Protect New York Homes  campaign launched to secure funding for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network.  Every heart deserves a home, and every homeowner deserves help in standing up to big banks to save their homes.  Our very own Senior Attorney Kirsten Keefe was on Capital Pressroom to talk about why this program is so important to communities across the state.

Wage Justice
SWEAT legislation was re-introduced this year, and we’re once again on the forefront, working to get this critical legislation passed.

Domestic Violence
Amy Schwartz-Wallace, Senior Attorney, updated our memo for a bill that would standardize access to court ordered forensic evaluations in child custody cases.

A recent report found that sanctuary policies make communities stronger and safer.  SAFER.

A CFPB survey found that one in four people contacted by debt collectors felt threatened.

Our C.A.S.H. Supersites opened in Rochester.

Consumer Action dedicated its winter edition to language access issues.

Remember, you are not alone.  We are with you, fighting right by your side.

The Policy Team at Empire Justice Center