The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance releases a monthly report comparing their ‘Welfare” data for the same month (in this case January) over the last three years. The chart below is in the latest report. The report can be found at the OTDA website.
This chart is the third in a series (and last one for now) that looks at the lower end of the NY 23rd financial picture. The first one focused on Poverty in the district. The second one was about SNAP (aka Food Stamps). There are other ways to measure the financial need for our residents–medicare data, medicaid data, school’s free lunch, food banks, to name a few. I will be working on locating and report as much data as I can find that will help to give us a clear picture of our communities.
There is no doubt our district needs to encourage industry and businesses to locate here. You hear it from the congressional leaders all the time, but then they don’t act. Our Congressman has recently bragged that he voted to take the flexibility out of the Welfare To Work portion of the Welfare Program. Progress? I don’t think so.