Santabarbara Supports Ban on EBT Withdrawals from Strip Clubs and Liquor Stores

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) strongly supports the budget proposal made by Governor Cuomo that prevents New Yorkers on public assistance from withdrawing cash via their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

“This common-sense measure will help ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent on life necessities such as putting food on the table for needy families trying to get back on their feet,” Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said.

Currently, there is no state law in place that would prohibit an irresponsible EBT recipient from accessing public assistance cash from an automated telling machine (ATM) located at a liquor store, casino or adult entertainment establishments.

Not only would this move prevent abuse of the system, it would allow New York State to meet the February 22 deadline to show the federal government that it is taking the necessary steps to curb EBT abuse. The move could prevent a loss of $120 million in federal funding under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program.