03.01.18

SCHUMER: FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN AND SENIORS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK COULD LOSE ACCESS TO VITAL SNAP NUTRITION ASSISTANCE IF ADMINISTRATION GETS ITS WAY; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO PROTECT SNAP AGAINST ANY PROPOSED CUTS BY THE ADMINISTRATION

Senator Says The Administration’s Proposed Cuts To SNAP Would Severely Hurt Families  And Seniors Across New York By Cutting The Program 30% Per Year And Eliminating Assistance Of More Than $200 Billion Over The Course Of 10 Years;  Schumer Warns The Administration’s Plan Would Also Take Over 4 Million People Off SNAP Nationwide While Altering Their Benefits 

Schumer Vows To Fight Against Changes To Program Proposed By The Administration To Stave Off Hunger And Ensure The Nutritional Well-Being Of Thousands Of New York Families And Seniors 

Schumer: Congress Must Reject Administration’s SNAP Cut So No Child Goes To Bed Hungry  

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced opposition to the administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Schumer said changes included in the administration’s proposed FY19 Budget would cut the program by 30 percent a year, totaling $1.4 billion in cuts per year and over $14 billion over ten years in New York State alone. Schumer said this proposal would be disastrous for New Yorkers who rely on SNAP benefits to help feed their families, and promised to fight back against these harmful cuts. 

“Let me be clear, no child should ever go to bed hungry, which is why I am deeply concerned about the administration’s proposed changes to SNAP, our main program to stave off hunger. This harmful proposal could mean that millions of families and seniors across New York and nationwide will lose access to desperately needed food assistance. It’s deplorable that the administration would make cuts to our main hunger-prevention program while at the same time cutting essential programs that provide assistance to people who need it the most,” said Senator Schumer. “I urge the administration to immediately reverse course, and I vow to fight to build bi-partisan support to reverse these cruel and counterproductive cuts to this vital anti-hunger program.” 

Schumer said SNAP is a lifeline for many New Yorkers statewide, including families with young children and seniors who rely on the critical funding to purchase groceries. According to New York State almost 3 million New Yorkers in more than 1.5 million households participated in the SNAP program in December of 2017 and could be negatively impacted if the administration’s proposal were to become a reality.  

Schumer added, “The administration is simultaneously showering trillions in tax cuts to billionaires while cutting vital food support to hungry families and seniors. The administration must end these cruel cuts to programs that help New Yorkers feed their families. This is as backwards as it gets.” 

Schumer has long opposed cuts to SNAP. Schumer has worked tirelessly to prevent cuts to the program. Schumer argued hundreds of thousands of Americans rely on SNAP to feed their families and that the administration’s proposed cuts to the program are ill-advised and cruel. Schumer is committed to fighting against the administration's proposed cuts in the future.

County by County approximations appear below: 

Capital Region:

  • Albany County could lose approximately $15,259,366 per year.
  • Columbia County could lose approximately $2,579,385 per year.
  • Fulton County could lose approximately $3,425,882 per year.
  • Greene County could lose approximately $2,271,366 per year.
  • Montgomery County could lose approximately $3,898,213 per year.
  • Rensselaer County could lose approximately $6,951,722 per year.
  • Saratoga County could lose approximately $5,602,089 per year.
  • Schenectady County could lose approximately $9,803,786 per year.
  • Schoharie County could lose approximately $1,486,645 per year.

Central New York:

  • Cayuga County could lose approximately $4,281,610 per year.
  • Cortland County could lose approximately $2,653,859 per year.
  • Lewis County could lose approximately $1,306,699 per year.
  • Madison County could lose approximately $3,257,536 per year.
  • Oneida County could lose approximately $17,985,650 per year.
  • Onondaga County could lose approximately $31,214,066 per year.
  • Oswego County could lose approximately $8,121,373 per year.

Rochester Finger Lakers:

  • Genesee County could lose approximately $2,194,653 per year.
  • Livingston County could lose approximately $2,840,965 per year.
  • Monroe County could lose approximately $55,754,071 per year.
  • Ontario County could lose approximately $3,828,708 per year.
  • Orleans County could lose approximately $2,485,148 per year.
  • Seneca County could lose approximately $1,319,889 per year.
  • Wayne County could lose approximately $3,676,708 per year.
  • Wyoming County could lose approximately $988,894 per year.
  • Yates County could lose approximately $986,983 per year. 

Western New York:

  • Cattaraugus County could lose approximately $4,768,495 per year.
  • Chautauqua County could lose approximately $10,902,280 per year.
  • Erie County could lose approximately $70,104,827 per year.
  • Niagara County could lose approximately $13,687,315 per year.

Southern Tier:

  • Allegany County could lose approximately $2,252,902 per year.
  • Broome County could lose approximately $13,642,650 per year.
  • Chemung County could lose approximately $6,376,860 per year.
  • Chenango County could lose approximately $2,679,282 per year.
  • Delaware County could lose approximately $2,205,587 per year.
  • Otsego County could lose approximately $2,431,062 per year.
  • Schuyler County could lose approximately $912,348 per year.
  • Steuben County could lose approximately $4,500,983 per year.
  • Tioga County could lose approximately $2,122,643 per year.
  • Tompkins County could lose approximately $3533897 per year.

Hudson Valley:

  • Dutchess County could lose approximately $8,206,434 per year.
  • Orange County could lose approximately $18,430,095 per year.
  • Putnam County could lose approximately $1,041,300 per year.
  • Rockland County could lose approximately $19,312,110 per year.
  • Sullivan County could lose approximately $5,979,042 per year if.
  • Ulster County could lose approximately $8,400,391 per year.
  • Westchester County could lose approximately $38,078,449 per year.

North Country:

  • Clinton County could lose approximately $4,600,404 per year.
  • Essex County could lose approximately $1,470,917 per year.
  • Franklin County could lose approximately $3,168,929 per year.
  • Hamilton County could lose approximately $159,325 per year.
  • Herkimer County could lose approximately $3,774,197 per year.
  • Jefferson County could lose approximately $6,631,664 per year.
  • St. Lawrence County could lose approximately $6,339,640 per year.
  • Warren County could lose approximately $2,803,734 per year.

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