Archive for November, 2011

New York HEAP, available now to help low-income families pay heating bills

November 29, 2011 at 3:18 am 0 comments

It is that time of the year again.  Families across New York are having to figure out how to pay for heating bills to keep their homes warm during the winter.  For many families still struggling with unemployment or low-wage jobs, this is a difficult task. As a result, theRead More

Better protection for residents of adult homes in New York State

November 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm 0 comments

A recent Court of Appeals (the highest court of the New York State Court System) decision found that people who live in adult homes and assisted living facilities have the right to meet with their lawyer(s). The trade association of adult home operators tried to prevent lawyers from visiting residentsRead More

New Language Rights Law Requires State Agencies to Provide Free Language Assistance

November 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm 0 comments

Last month Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring all state agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for essential forms and instructions. Based on census data, the services will be offered in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, andRead More