It looks like the true story of New York’s incredible shrinking welfare rolls may be more complicated — and less rosy — than the version the mayor told when he announced that the number of New Yorkers receiving public assistance had shrunk to an all-time 40-year low. According to an article published in today’s City Limits, only 23 percent of the recipients who leave the rolls each month are known to have found work. The rest have their cases closed for failing to show up for appointments, among other reasons.
For those who remember the Jason Turner years, it is a familiar story.
— Lizzy Ratner