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February 17, 2014

Welfare 'Integrity' needed

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — But the rest of it must become part of state law, as well, to keep beer and cigarettes from being purchased with public-assistance funds.

This year, it is crucial that the Assembly follow through on this important piece of legislation. This safeguard against abuse of the public’s money must not fall victim to any kind of political dealings.

Deserving public-assistance recipients are hurt, too, by people who misuse the system.

If this bill were to go to public referendum, the vote in favor would surely be as close to unanimous as it’s possible to get. So responsible elected representatives can’t overlook it or, worse yet, vote against it.

New Yorkers are historically generous when looking out for the needs of their family, friends and neighbors. But they most certainly do not deserve to be taken advantage of anymore.

-- The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh

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