Issues: Social Services

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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Public Assistance Integrity Act Overwhelmingly Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 02/04/14 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to crack down on welfare fraud and prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance for the purchase of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. 

The legislation (S.966), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would also prevent individuals receiving welfare from using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to make ATM withdrawals from certain places, including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. 

February 4, 2014
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Patch: Cuomo Brings Meals, Aid to LI Cares

By Pam Robinson (Editor) - November 27, 2013

Gov. Cuomo delivered Thanksgiving meals and an infusion of funds to Long Island Cares, one of a series of stops Wednesday at food banks around the state.

December 2, 2013
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger Host Roundtable on the Impact of SNAP Cuts

(New York, NY)  – State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger were joined yesterday by colleagues and advocates to discuss the impact of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on New York State residents and businesses.

November 20, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger to Host Roundtable on the Impact of SNAP Cuts

(New York, NY) – On Tuesday, November 19th, State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger will host a Roundtable with NYS Senators from the Democratic Conference and advocates to examine the impact of federal cuts to the SNAP program on New York State residents and business owners.

November 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TOURS LONG ISLAND CARES’ SOUTH SHORE SERVICE CENTER IN LINDENHURST

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently toured Long Island Cares’ South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst. The center, which is located at 163-1 North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst, provides food and other services to those in need, including victims of Superstorm Sandy. 

     Those who need to take advantage of the services offered by Long Island Cares’ South Shore Service Center can call the center at 631-991-8106. The center’s business hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Thursdays, and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. 

August 16, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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RITCHIE: NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR SMOKES, BOOZE, LOTTO

Senate Passes Ritchie Cosponsored Measure to Stop Welfare Recipients

From Using EBT Cards on Alcohol, Lotto Tickets, Casino Gambling 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a measure she cosponsored to prohibit welfare recipients from using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards on items such as cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and lottery tickets or casino gambling, has passed the State Senate.

“EBT cards are intended to help people who have fallen on hard times afford the necessities.  But, when these cards are used to purchase things like smokes, booze or lottery tickets, it’s a major waste of taxpayer money” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 19, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

EBT cards work like a debit card for welfare recipients. This card contains both Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food Stamps have strict regulations on what can be purchased, Cash Assistance does not. Cash Assistance is intended for items that can’t be purchased using food stamps, like soap, toothpaste, school supplies and toiletries.

June 19, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN VOTES IN FAVOR OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INTEGRITY ACT

Legislation Designed to Protect Taxpayers Against Abuse of Public Assistance

Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) today voted in favor of the “Public Integrity Act” (S. 966), which protects taxpayers by cutting down on the abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using the money associated with the card for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and gambling, as well as strip clubs.

June 19, 2013
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Griffo Says Senate Passed Public Assistance Integrity Act

 “Public Assistance Integrity Act” Would Comply with Federal Guidelines,
Safeguard Taxpayer Dollars while Ensuring Individuals Get Assistance They Need

June 18, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill Protecting Developmentally Disabled From Funding Cuts

ALBANY, 06/18/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced final legislative passage of a bill that would protect providers for services for developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton),  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

 "Public assistance is designed to help needy families provide for their children until they can transition back to the workforce and become self-sufficient,”  Senator Libous said.  “This common-sense legislation would protect hardworking taxpayers from abuse while ensuring that families receiving welfare benefits continue to get the temporary assistance they need and deserve.”

June 18, 2013
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/18/13 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to crack down on welfare fraud and prohibit welfare recipients from using Cash Assistance for the purchase of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. 

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating "Deadbeat Parents Most Wanted List"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates a “deadbeat parents most wanted list” of financially-delinquent parents who are substantially late or behind on child support payments. The bill (S.4114), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is intended to locate parents who owe more than $10,000 in child support payments.

May 30, 2013
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Summer Jobs Program Will Put More Than 18,000 Teens To Work Across New York State

More than 18,000 teens will have jobs this summer through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program.The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has distributed $25 million in funding to all 57 counties and New York City to help bring youth into the workforce, acquire skills that can help them improve in school, and propel them to greater educational and career achievements.“The Summer Youth Employment Program offers a great opportunity for employment to teenagers and young adults in underserved communities across New York State,” said Governor Cuomo. “Introducing youth to their first job means they will gain valuable skills and experience that can help them achieve success in the future.”

May 20, 2013
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May 9, 2013
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