Press Releases

Last night, Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY-3) broke with the rest of the state’s Democrats and joined New York’s Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to pass a bill, H.R. 3299, that would allow lenders to launder loans through banks to override limits in New York and other states on high-cost loans, potentially paving the way for loans of up to 300 percent APR in states where those rates are prohibited.

We support the rights of DREAMers – and all immigrants – to live with dignity and justice. In the face of this attack, we are immediately expanding our NYC DREAMer Loan Fund. Over the next month, we will make 0% interest loans, and a limited number of grants, to cover DACA renewal fees for eligible NYC residents – who must apply to USCIS by October 5, 2017.

New York City Council Members and community organizations sent a strongly-worded letter to the NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Commissioner of Finance Jacques Jiha, urging them to divest the City from Wells Fargo Bank, in which New York City reportedly has hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds on deposit.

Prominent New York City and State elected officials joined with labor, grassroots, civil rights, faith-based and legal services groups, as well as community development financial institutions, to send a strongly-worded letter on Friday to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director, Richard Cordray, calling on the federal watchdog agency to crack down on predatory payday lending.

Our organizations commend New York State Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Labor for adopting critical new payroll card regulations that protect workers’ hard-earned wages. An estimated 13,000 businesses in New York State pay approximately 200,000 workers through payroll cards. New York’s wage laws have not kept up with the proliferation of the cards, and studies have shown that low-wage workers often end up paying high and hidden fees to access their own wages, among other problems.