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Social Welfare Law

Advanced Degrees and Work Participation

A.2471 (AM Wright) / S.2323 (Sen. Montgomery) - Allows for baccalaureate and advanced degree programs and certain educational and training activity to count towards the work participation rate.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Social Welfare Law Committee, Reissued February 2011.

Emergency Shelter Allowance

A.2565 (AM Glick) / S.2664 (Sen. Duane) - Provides that certain persons living with HIV or AIDS shall not be required to pay more than 30% of the household income towards shelter costs. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on AIDS and the Committee on Social Welfare Law, May 2010.
  • Vetoed by Governor, Memo 6818 - September 18, 2010

Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Comments from the Social Welfare Committee on the NYC Human Resources Administration’s Proposed Biennial Employment Plan, November 2014.

NYC Policy Recommendations

Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.

Public Assistance

A.4250 (AM Wright) / S.3596 (Sen. Savino) - clarifies conciliation procedures in cases when the recipient of public assistance programs refuses to comply with employment program requirements.

  • Letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to enact legislation, September 2015.
  • Report in support of legislation by the Social Welfare Law Committee, Reissued June 2014.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 562 - December 18, 2015


For a full list of committee reports, click here.