Krueger on Food Stamp Access

Liz Krueger

February 18, 2009

By David King

State Sen. Liz Krueger issued a press release today decrying reports that the Bloomberg administration has declined to take advantage of a provision in the federal stimulus bill that overturns a 1996 rule that placed limitations on the length of time some citizens could receive food stamps.

Under the old rule, healthy people with no dependents were limited to three months’ worth of food stamps in a three year span. The New York Times reported this week that Bloomberg administration officials insisted they are “not obligated to extend benefits to anyone not enrolled in the Work Experience Program, a workfare program that provides temporary jobs, usually in city agencies.”

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