Officials mull scrapping foodstamp-fingerprinting policy

Some local lawmakers say they're considering doing away with the controversial policy of fingerprinting applicants for foodstamp benefits.Instituted as an attempt to prevent fraud, officials

BROOKLYN - Some local lawmakers say they're considering doing away with the controversial policy of fingerprinting applicants for foodstamp benefits.Instituted as an attempt to prevent fraud, officials say the practice has turned into a hassle that wastes taxpayer dollars. Legislators say the initiative does little to detect fraud and, in some cases, may discourage families from applying. They're hoping to sway Mayor Michael Bloomberg into scrapping the policy.New York City and Arizona are the only regions that still require finger imaging, officials say.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12's Dan Serafin visited Lincoln High School 1 Lincoln H.S. alumnus plays in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tourney
VIDEO: Brooklyn artist pays tribute to slain EMT 2 VIDEO: Brooklyn artist pays tribute to slain EMT
The Harlem Globtrotters paid a visit to children 3 Harlem Globetrotters visit children at Brooklyn Hospital
Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 4 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
The Center for Disease Control has a few 5 12 on Health: CDC offers healthy travel tips

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE