Peter Vallone Jr. Defends Mayor Bloomberg on Food Stamp Fingerprinting

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. defended Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy of requiring food stamp applicants to submit fingerprints in a Facebook post this afternoon. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants to stop food stamp fingerprinting in his State of the State address Wednesday arguing that it deters some people from signing up for the program. Councilman Vallone took issue with the idea that people feel stigmatized by being fingerprinted. “I was fingerprinted to be a prosecutor,” wrote the Councilman, who worked for several years as an assistant district attorney. “I havent needed therapy at all to get over the stigma. Most city workers are fingerprinted.” Read More