On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State address and said New York City should stop the electronic fingerprinting of residents who receive food stamps. He said the system is already demeaning enough for those seeking assistance and the city is the only place in New York that still requires it, but Mayor Bloomberg disagrees, naturally.
The billionaire claims, “There’s no stigma attached to being fingerprinted.” This coming from the same mayor who wants the homeless to prove they’re homeless before entering a shelter and who’s pushing to ban food stamp recipients from buying soda. Bloomberg seemed to suggest that everyone should undergo the process. “We have 230,000 employees in New York City and almost all of them get fingerprinted. Most companies fingerprint in this day and age — at least the smart ones do.” As New York magazine points out, “Bloomberg LP, the mayor’s company, does not fingerprint incoming employees.”