posted on October 26, 2013 07:27
Ranzenhofer Launches Campaign to Address Electronic Benefit Card Abuse
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is lending his support to a bill designed to limit welfare fraud in New York State.
“We’ve passed one in the Senate which is a common sense program which says if you are receiving cash assistance through the electronic benefit card, you can’t use this to buy booze, you can’t use it to buy cigarettes, you can’t use it to buy lottery tickets,” he said. “You can’t go into a casino or liquor store and take out cash because the likelihood is you’re going to use that cash to then gamble or to buy booze.”
Under a law signed by President Obama last year he says, each state is responsible for creating a fraud prevention program. Ranzehofer says without passing the Public Assistance Integrity Act, the state risks losing 5 percent of its allotment, or $120 million.
Ranzenhofer says it’s about saving taxpayer money but also said that abuse of the system adversely affects people who responsibly depend on it.
“That would be devastating to the people that depend on this program across Batavia and LeRoy and Pembroke – for people in need. People need this money,” he said.
New Yorkers can use electronic benefit cards to assist in paying for energy, food, and housing.
Three People Hospitalized in Two-Car Crash
Three people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Ridgeway.
51-year old Kelly Bailey, of Medina, was travelling east on Ridge Road when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a westbound pickup truck driven by Debra Albone-Gundrum, of Lyndonville.
After the collision, Bailey’s vehicle ran off the road and overturned before landing on its roof. He was trapped inside for nearly a half an hour before being taken out and air-lifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by MercyFlight.
The 61-year old Albone-Gundrum was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital, as was Bailey’s passenger, James Groves of Medina.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses report Bailey’s vehicle driving erratically prior to the crash.
A Pair of Political Meetings to be held in Batavia this Week
The Batavia City Council will hold a Conference Meeting on Monday, October 28.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre.
The public may speak at the meeting by signing in with the city clerk prior to the start of the meeting.
The City of Batavia Republican and Democratic Committees, Genesee County Libertarian Party and Rose Mary Christian are holding a joint “meet the candidates night” to give the voters of Batavia a chance to meet with multiple candidates running for office this November.
The public is welcome to come and chat with the candidates on Friday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Batavia High School Library.