Issues: Public Assistance

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

March 27, 2014 6:05 am Samantha House | samantha.house@lee.net

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
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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 16, 2014
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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
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JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST WELFARE ABUSE

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

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

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
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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
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT WELFARE CARDS FROM BUYING TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND BEING USED AT LIQUOR STORES, CASINOS AND STRIP CLUBS

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
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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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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act to Crack Down on Welfare Abuse

Reforms to EBT Debit Cards Will Qualify New York for Federal Funding

            ALBANY - With only weeks left to meet a federal deadline requiring changes that will clamp down on fraud in New York’s public assistance system, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her Senate colleagues passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (Senate Bill 966) today. The reforms will prevent recipients of public assistance from making Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs, helping to prevent wasteful and unnecessary purchases, while keeping New York State in compliance with federal requirements.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol, and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

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.”

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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Senate approves 'Public Assistance Integrity Act' to prohibit abuses of public assistance benefits

Albany, N.Y., February 4—The State Senate today approved, with strong bipartisan support, legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact what’s called the “Public Assistance Integrity Act.”  The act would prohibit public assistance recipients from using their state-administered electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, or to use their EBT cards to make withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos or adult entertainment facilities such as strip clubs.

February 4, 2014
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Senate bill would curb public assistance abuse

The State Senate today passed legislation to prohibit the use of public assistance benefits for purchasing alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets.   The legislation also would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at liquor stores, casinos or establishments providing adult-oriented entertainment.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

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.”

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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