Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York City to stop requiring fingerprinting of its food stamp recipients, a stance that puts him at odds with the city's mayor, who favors the practice.
Cuomo says fingerprinting stigmatizes needy people and stops them from applying for help. In a recent State of the State speech, Cuomo pledged to stop fingerprinting food stamp recipients this year.
But New York City Michael Bloomberg says without fingerprinting, fraud would escalate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is launching new efforts aimed at fighting fraud with the nation’s food stamp program.