Issues: Social Services

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 18, 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 8, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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April 16, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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March 12, 4:45 PM - 4:52 PM
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Statement: City's Teen Pregnancy Ad Campaign "Pathologically Mean-Spirited"

Senator Krueger issued the following statement on the City Human Resources Administration's new ad campaign on teen pregnancy:

As someone who has spent decades in the fight against poverty and the fight to make sure women have equal rights to have or not have children, I am appalled at the ill-targeted and pathologically mean-spirited ad campaign put forward by the New York City Human Resources Administration, supposedly intended to reduce teen pregnancy.

March 8, 2013
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Governor Announces $285,000 in Funding for Third Year of FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program

Funds to Support Farmers’ Market, Youth Market, and Food Box Projects to Bring More New York State Farm Products to Underserved Communities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $285,000 in available funding for the third year of the Governor’s “FreshConnect” program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state. The FreshConnect program assists New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food products while improving nutrition and promoting economic development around the state through projects like youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities, and new initiatives at traditional farmers’ markets.

March 8, 2013
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Senator O'Brien seeks restoration of funding for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator O'Brien stood with local agencies who provide services and support to people with developmental disabilities in calling for the restoration of $120 million in funding cuts proposed in a recent budget amendment.

"Governor Cuomo has led the way in reforming the budget process and returning stability to Albany.  However, as we continue budget negotiations, I believe it is vital that we enable our state’s nonprofits to fulfill their essential roles in our communities. I look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to pass a responsible, yet fair, budget,” Senator O’Brien said.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Peralta Urges Schools Chancellor Walcott Not To Co-Locate Programs Within Newtown and Flushing High Schools

State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott not to co-locate programs within Newtown and Flushing High Schools, arguing that the Department of Education's plans for these schools fail to recognize the strides they have made in the face of challenging circumstances, including "overcrowding and the continuous instability that the years-long threat of closure has created."

In a letter to Schools Chancellor Walcott, Peralta says that, "More than anything else, what the communities I represent and the entire borough of Queens need from the Department of Education is more schools, more classrooms and more seats for our children and youth.

March 1, 2013
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