NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Today's Census Poverty Numbers

The new Census numbers today show that poverty levels in New York state are up 14.8% (2004-2005) compared to 14.6% (2003-2004), this compared to the national average of 12.7 (04-05) and 12.6% (03-04).

Today the NY Times covers the food stamp usage increases in the state which directly related to these increased poverty numbers;

In contrast, the number of people using food stamps also peaked in March 1995, at 1,458,300, and then fell to a low of 798,396 in January 2002, the same month Mr. Bloomberg took office. Since then, with the exception of a few months, the number has risen rather consistently. The current number, just shy of 1.1 million, is about the same as it was in 1998.

In a city of just over 8 million residents, it is an absolute failure of our government that 1.1 million (13.6%) of those residents use food stamps, a number far short of those struggling to make ends meet.

We have covered Rep. Vito Fossella's failure on the issue on Staten Island here and here.


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