FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION RELATING TO THE HUMAN RESOURCE ADMINISTRATION'S INTERACTIONS WITH YOUNG NEW YORKERS SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The final three bills before me concern the City’s Human Resources Administration and its interaction with young people who are on or are seeking public assistance. We can all agree that young persons need the support and care of a parent or responsible adult although there are situations when that is not the case. Unfortunately, some of these young persons may find themselves in need of government assistance.
“Introductory Number 648-A, sponsored by Council Members Brewer, Palma, Chin, Fidler, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Mendez, Vann, Williams, Nelson, Rodriguez, Barron, Foster, Mark-Viverito, Gonzalez, Garodnick, Van Bramer, Vacca, Arroyo, Rose, Dromm, Lappin, Dickens, Eugene, Gennaro, Jackson, Mealy and Halloran require HRA and the Department of Youth and Community Development to post a ‘frequently asked questions’ page on their respective web sites outlining the rights and options available to young people should they find themselves in need of public assistance.
“Introductory Number 649-A, sponsored by Council Members Fidler, Palma, Brewer, Chin, Dromm, Gonzalez, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Mendez, Vann, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Foster, Rodriguez, Nelson, Barron, Garodnick, Van Bramer, Jackson, Vacca, Arroyo, Rose, Lappin, Dickens, Eugene, Gennaro, Mealy and Halloran requires HRA to submit a report to the Council outlining how individuals under the age of twenty-five receiving public assistance are engaged and served.
“Introductory Number 657-A, sponsored by Council Members Palma, Fidler, Brewer, Chin, Gonzalez, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Mendez, Recchia, Vann, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Rodriguez, Nelson, Barron, Foster, Koppell, Garodnick, Jackson, Vacca, Arroyo, Van Bramer, Rose, Dromm, Lappin, Gennaro, Mealy and Halloran requires HRA to report monthly on the engagement status of public assistance recipients under the age of twenty-five disaggregated by several criteria including age and level of education. Additionally, HRA must report semiannually on the number of young people ages sixteen to twenty who applied for public assistance, and from that, how many were accepted and how many were rejected.
“I would like to thank HRA Commissioner Robert Doar and his staff for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”
Marc LaVorgna/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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