MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua county legislature’s Human Services Committee will be meeting Wednesday to discuss a motion that calls for only giving state welfare benefits to only those people who live in New York State.
Legislature Chairman Jay Gould and legislator John Runkle of are sponsoring a motion that would ask the state legislature to consider passing a law that requires anyone who receives benefits from the state to be a New York State resident.
According to the lawmakers, currently there is no residency requirement in the State of New York for anyone in order to receive welfare benefits. They also claim that Chautauqua County has experienced an influx of out of state residents to receive welfare benefits, resulting in an increase of hundreds of thousands of dollars to County taxpayers.
The motion will be reviewed today in committee. If approved, it will go to the floor of the legislature during its monthly voting session next week.
The Human Services Committee will also meet today with County Health and Humane Services Director Christine Schuyler to get an update on the county’s Welfare-to-Work initiative.
Today’s meeting begins at 5:45 pm and will take place in Room 331 of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.
Other legislative committees meeting today include the Public Safety Committee at 4:00pm and the Planning & Economic Development Committee at 7:00 pm.
All county legislature committee meetings are open to the public.