Albany, N.Y., June 21—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” to prohibit public assistance recipients from using their cash assistance benefit to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, and to combat other abuses of the public welfare system.
"Staxpayers demand and deserve a zero-tolerance policy when it involves welfare fraud, abuse and waste. Welfare is intended as short-term, temporary assistance to help those in need address basic, fundamental responsibilities for their families until they can find work, get back on their feet and provide for themselves. Most individuals and families utilize the assistance responsibly,” said O’Mara. “But we still hear far too many reports about abuses.”