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.
"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson
With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.
My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.