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Food stamps won’t require fingerprints

Advocates say move eliminates barrier

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Food stamp recipients will no longer be fingerprinted, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision last week to eliminate the requirement. The move will eliminate a barrier to receiving food stamps, as many people were reluctant to be fingerprinted, according to Linda Bopp, executive director of Hunger Solutions New York. “When you’re told you need to be fingerprinted, you feel like a criminal,” Bopp said. “There’s nothing criminal about being hungry.” New York and Arizona were ...

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