Issues: Public Assistance

Senator Carlucci Passes Legislation to Combat Medicaid Fraud

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) has passed S2198, legislation that will allow the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General to refer suspected fraud or criminality to any prosecutor of competent jurisdiction, including local District Attorneys.

May 28, 2015

Faith Funding Forum: Senator Leroy Comrie, Rev. Karim Camara, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS DHCR and Government Officials Advise Over 150 Clergy & Non-Profit Leaders on Accessing State Funding

In collaboration with CenterLight Healthcare, State Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis) hosted an informational Clergy Breakfast attended by over 150 leaders from the South Queens Faith-based and Non-Profit Community. The event's Keynote Speaker, the esteemed former Assemblyman and newly appointed Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal Rev. Karim Camara, shared with the community information regarding funding opportunities for faith-based and non-profit organizations. The breakfast was sponsored by CenterLight Health System, which provided an overview of their organization and the services they offer.

April 28, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Comrie's Clergy Breakfast

It is with great pleasure that I extend to you an invitation to join me for a social Clergy Breakfast on Friday, April 17th, 2015 in collaboration with a leadering provider of community health services, CenterLight Healthcare. CenterLight  will provide an overview of their organization and the services they offer. The meting will convene promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, located at 172-17 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, NY 11434.

April 17, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

West Seneca Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services and Screenings from the following providers or vendors:


Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

Bakery Victory Dental Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Boy scouts of America

Cancer Services of Erie County


Curves of West Seneca

D’Youville -

ECC – Nursing School

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Elder Care Solutions

Girl scouts of WNY

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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March 19, 2015, 2pm - 6pm

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March 19, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Cayuga County Legislature votes 10-2 to urge state to require welfare recipients to be residents

March 27, 2014 6:05 am Samantha House |

AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.

On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.

The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.

April 17, 2014

Senator Young’s Constituents Heard All the Way to Albany About Welfare Reform

For Release: Immediate, April 17, 2014

Changes to EBT Card System Will Crack Down on Abuse

             ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she has great news to report to the 2,360 taxpayers from her district who contacted her in support of curbing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from being used to pay for liquor, strippers, and gambling.

            "People's voices in support of welfare reform were heard all the way to Albany, and we are making progress towards implementing common sense policies that provide support to those who truly need help while stopping welfare fraud and waste," she said.

             Senator Young's push to stifle EBT misuse resulted in legislation she co-sponsored being included in the recently-passed final state budget.

April 17, 2014

Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s frustrating to know that someone would abuse a program designed to help children and families in need and let people get back on their feet.  That’s why reports that some people are using their taxpayer-paid welfare benefits to pay for tobacco, alcohol—even trips to nightclubs—really touch a nerve.

March 3, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #7: Protecting Tax Dollars In Welfare Programs

I believe one of government’s most important functions is to provide a helping hand to those who are working, but are still struggling to meet life expenses, such as food, rent, utility bills and household necessities.

Public assistance programs are funded through taxpayer dollars, so it’s in our best interest to ensure that the money is used for its intended purpose.

I have zero tolerance for recipients who abuse the welfare program by withdrawing cash from their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for tobacco, alcohol, gambling and adult entertainment.

February 13, 2014

Senator Maziarz Calls on Assembly: Pass Public Assistance Integrity Act

The Public Assistance Integrity Act will protect your tax dollars and a vital program that provides money to families in need. Senator George Maziarz explains how recipients are abusing public assistance benefits for adult lifestyle choices. The Federal Government gave NY a mandate to take measures to stop welfare fraud or lose $122 Million in TANF funding. 

February 13, 2014

Senator Bonacic Urges Assembly to Pass the "Public Assistance Integrity Act"

Senator Bonacic Urges Assembly to Pass the “Public Assistance Integrity Act”


February 12, 2014

NY Senate votes to ban spending welfare money at casinos, strip clubs for third year

By Teri Weaver |

February 04, 2014 at 4:54 PM, updated February 04, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The New York State Senate today voted to ban using cash from public assistance money to buy alcohol, tobacco products and lap dances.

The "Public Assistance Integrity Act," which passed 53-4, would prohibit people on welfare and other public help programs from using their "electronic benefits transfer" card at ATMs in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. It would also limit people from using cash obtained through public assistance to buy alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

February 10, 2014

Public Assistance Integrity Act passes State Senate

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.


“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”


February 7, 2014


The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

February 5, 2014

Join Senator Maziarz’s efforts to protect your tax dollars!

Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.

The Public Assistance Integrity Act (S.966) was approved on February 4, 2014 in the State Senate by a wide margin.  It was also passed in the Senate in 2012 and 2013. 

February 5, 2014
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