Issues: Judiciary

Senate Majority Holds Buffalo Hearing to Explore the Need for Reform of the Civil Legal Service System

(Buffalo-NY) -The New York State Senate today held the second in a series of hearings to determine the future of civil legal services in New York State.  Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Antoine Thompson and William Stachowski heard testimony from leaders of various legal, academic, bu

December 16, 2009
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Senate Majority Committed to Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Families

Senators Hassell-Thompson And Sampson Sponsor Hearings To Explore The Need For Reform Of The Civil Legal Service System To Ensure That We Protect Families And Core Justice Values In This Hard Economy.

December 16, 2009
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December 15, 2009
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December 15, 2009
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Civil legal services need New Yorkers' support

During the budget negotiations, I listened carefully to the leaders of the teachers unions, communication workers, transit workers, health care workers and scores of other hard-working unions and associations. I have also listened to leaders from corporate America and heads of federal and state agencies.

December 15, 2009
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December 15, 2009
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Senate Majority Committed to Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Families

Senators Hassell-Thompson And Sampson Hold Hearings To Explore The Need For Reform Of The Civil Legal Service System To Ensure That We Protect Families And Core Justice Values In This Hard Economy.

December 9, 2009
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December 8, 2009
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ONE IN EVERY SEVEN

          During the budget negotiations I listened carefully to the leaders of the teachers unions, communication workers, transit workers, health care workers and scores of other hard working unions and associations. I have also listened to leaders from corporate America and heads of federal and state agencies.

December 7, 2009
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State Senate to Hold Public Hearings to Address IOLA’s Funding Crisis

Led by Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson and John Sampson, the New York State Senate will hold hearings in December and January to address the funding crisis facing the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (“IOLA”).  IOLA is the single largest funder for organizations providing civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers throughout the state.

November 24, 2009
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KIDS & FAMILIES STILL CAN’T WAIT

Senate Issues Groundbreaking Report on NY Family Court System

(Albany, NY) New York’s Family Court system is reaching a state of crisis, the State Senate Judiciary Committee finds in Kids & Families Still Can’t Wait: The Urgent Case for New Family Court Judgeships.

November 4, 2009
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Kids and Families Still Can't Wait - The Urgent Case For New Family Court Judgeships

This report examines Family Court’s urgent need for new judgeships to address surging dockets, and concludes that speedy action is essential to ensure the quality of justice for New York families.

FINDINGS

File: 
Family Court Report.pdf

November 4, 2009
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Kids & Families Still Can't Wait: Senate Issues Groundbreaking Report on NY Family Court System

New York’s Family Court system is reaching a state of crisis, the State Senate Judiciary Committee finds in Kids & Families Still Can’t Wait: The Urgent Case for New Family Court Judgeships. With just 153 Family Court judges statewide to handle 728,000 cases and projected appearances exceeding 2.5 million this year alone, a system meant to protect children and families is leaving many of them without the full measure of guidance they need to navigate a complex legal process, avoid repeat appearances, and ensure family safety and stability. 

November 4, 2009
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