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Social Welfare Law

The Social Welfare Law Committee’s work focuses on legal issues impacting low income New Yorkers. The committee holds monthly meetings where we discuss current developments in public benefits and poverty law; the committee plans regular events about and writes reports on issues impacting low income New Yorkers; and we participate in legislative advocacy in areas affecting needs based government benefits. The committee’s work seeks to address public policies which concern income disparities and the social safety net.

Recent Reports

Letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to sign A.4250/S.3596, which would amend the social services law and clarify conciliation procedures and sanctions in cases when the recipient of public assistance programs refuses to comply with employment program requirements (September 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Public Assistance

Amicus brief: Solla v. Berlin (New York Court of Appeals)(December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Attorneys Fees

Comments on NYC Human Resources Administration’s Proposed Biennial Employment Plan (November 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Employment Plan

Report on A.2471/S.2323 which would allow for baccalaureate and advanced degree programs and certain educational and training activity to count towards the work participation rate (Reissued February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Welfare

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Affairs

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.