City Routinely Loses Legal Challenges To Welfare Cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The New York City flag flies outside New York City Hall. The New York City flag flies outside New York City Hall. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

A new report shows that while New York City routinely cuts benefits for welfare recipients, citing missed meetings or insufficient documentation, it loses 8 out of every 10 cases when the cuts are challenged in court. Writing in The New York World, a publication of the Columbia University Journalism School, reporter Maya Srikrishnan details the shortcomings of the system and what the city's new commissioner of the Human Resources Administration is doing to fix it.

"There are a lot of policies and procedures that are in place that make it really difficult for people to stay on welfare," said Srikrishnan. "It seems like the new commissioner, Steven Banks, has a lot of reforms that he wants to implement. He's definitely recognized that erroneous sanctions and several other things in this agency are problematic."

Srikrishnan spoke with WNYC's Soterios Johnson.

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