QUICK LINKS:

NY Senate advances bill to curb welfare spending

Updated: 02/05/2014 5:33 AM
Created: 02/05/2014 5:31 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

The New York Senate has passed legislation to establish penalties for spending welfare funds on liquor, lottery tickets, cigarettes or strip clubs, saying there's $122-million in federal funds at stake.
    
States that fail to take steps to curb using debit cards to get cash from ATMs at casinos and liquor stores by February 22 face possible loss of federal aid.
    
Sen. Thomas Libous, a Binghamton Republican, says his bill, which died previously in the Assembly, is especially needed now.
    
An Assembly spokesman says the change can be done administratively and the Senate's bill goes far beyond what federal law requires.
    
Troy restaurateur Sarah Fish, a former welfare recipient who stood with Libous Tuesday, says there's little accountability in public assistance.
    
The bill's sponsors say most recipients use assistance responsibly.



News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.



Rochester

Scattered Clouds
45°
59° | 45°
  • Feels like: 42° F
  • Wind: W 6mph
  • Humidity: 86%
  • Sat Occasional showers possible
    62° | 45°
  • Sun Windy with times of sun and clouds
    53° | 41°
  • Mon Plenty of sun
    59° | 39°
  • Tue Times of sun and clouds
    70° | 45°