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Gothamist: New Yorkers Sue City Over Delays to Food Stamps

NYLAG’s Abby Biberman was quoted in Gothamist about NYLAG’s class action lawsuit, along with the Legal Aid Society, on behalf of New Yorkers who were left without essential food and cash assistance because their applications weren’t processed in the 30 days required by federal law.

“New York City officials left tens of thousands of New Yorkers scrambling to buy groceries without their food stamps, a federal lawsuit filed on Friday claims […]

“’No family should go hungry because of administrative delays they have no control over,’ said Abby Biberman, the associate director of the Public Benefits Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group, which is representing the plaintiffs.

“’Failure to process these applications and recertifications mean that thousands of New Yorkers can’t put food on their tables or pay their rent.'”

Read the full piece by Michelle Bocanegra and Bahar Ostadan in Gothamist from January 29, 2023.

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