NYC Council on Hunger

from the inbox:

On Monday, November 21st, the NYC Council will be holding a joint oversight hearing on fighting hunger in New York City.

As part of this hearing, we will be discussing a bill, Intro. 696, that would require the NYC Human Resources Administration to submit an annual report to the Council on the amount of money spent on finger imaging each year, and the number of fraudulent cases detected and referred to for criminal prosecution as a result of the practice.

As the NY Times recently reported, requiring food stamp applicants to submit to finger imaging to receive benefits is an ineffective way to detect fraud and wastes millions of dollars in taxpayer money each year.

Our bill would force the Administration to justify spending scarce tax dollars on a process that, quite frankly, serves no public good, reduces the amount of federal dollars coming into the City, and keeps working families from receiving the assistance they need to keep food on the table.

Our hearing on Monday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Emigrant Savings Bank located at 49-51 Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan.

We very much want to hear from you and other New Yorkers about this important issue, so please stop by if you can.

If you would like to testify or have any stories related to this bill that that you would like to share, please contact Liz Hoffman in the Council’s Governmental Affairs Division.  She can be reached by phone at (212) 788-6911 or by email at

You can also email your written remarks to us at, and we will be sure to forward them to the committee’s staff in advance of Monday’s hearing.

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