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Gerry Clinchy
11-30-2011, 07:44 PM

She jumped on a claim by an advocacy group that the finger-imaging requirement for food stamps has scared 30,000 New Yorkers away from applying.

“That’s $55.4 million of federal money we’re not getting in New York City to support people — money they would then spend at the supermarket or at the bodega,” Quinn said last month.

Her come-and-get-it attitude conveniently ignores the fact that 500,000 New Yorkers joined the food-stamp rolls in the last three years, bringing the city total to a whopping 1.8 million. She also ignores the requirement that many government workers, including those in the Department of Education, must be fingerprinted before they can be hired. Does she find that cruel?

The proposed shelter policy is also a no-brainer. On hold because of a Legal Aid Society suit, it would apply the same rules to single adults that have governed families seeking shelter since 1996. There are nearly 8,700 singles in the shelters.

“It’s not unreasonable to ask someone for basic information before they get a public benefit that costs $3,000 a month,” Seth Diamond, the commissioner of homeless services, told me yesterday. He recalled the advocacy scare stories when Mayor Rudy Giuliani first required families to prove the shelter was their only option.

“They said women and children would be living on the subways and streets,” Diamond said. “It never happened.”
Of course not, but facts don’t stand a chance when a pol is hungry.

Geez! They could get 2 or 3 to a room at Motel 6 for less than that each month!