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Ulster County: Officials vs. Safety Net

The Ulster County Comptroller’s Office says supervisors in two of the
counties' towns have broken the law and misled constituents by
creating town budgets that exclude costs of the Safety Net welfare
program. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

In letters sent from the Comptroller's office to Ulster Supervisor
James Quigley and Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman, the officials
were told that state law requires towns to fund the social services
program.

They were warned that the state Comptroller’s Office could force the
town’s to rewrite their budgets to include the expense, which could
“place a burden” on town residents.

Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach

Quigley and Chipman dispute the Comptroller's claim. They believe they
are being singled out for what other municipalities have done in the
past and what the city of Kingston does routinely.

  Quigley tells The Daily Freeman that in 2011, the county relevied the
Safety Net costs of seven towns and the city of Kingston, totalling
$1.4 million, or 53.4 percent of the overall local share of the
program’s costs.