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The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York is the successor organization to the Legal Aid Society of Albany, originally incorporated in 1923, and one of the oldest legal services organizations in the United States.
The first attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Albany was Ruth Miner, who worked part-time for $50 per month. When asked why she sought judgment in cases involving as little as one dollar, Miner replied "Justice is not measured by the amount of money: Justice is an idea". Arthur J. Harvey was the Society's next attorney, often handling 1,000 matters a year. He believed that everyone deserved representation, regardless of their situation in life.
The Legal Aid Society was one of the first programs to receive federal funding under the Economic Opportunity Act in 1966. As federal funding expanded, so did the Legal Aid Society, growing from 1969 to 1996 to include Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.