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NYS working to preserve SNAP benefits
Albany, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants to tap heating assistance funds to make up for losses to the food stamp program.
The new Farm bill was slated to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits an average of $127 per month for affected households in New York state, including those living in government-subsidized housing.
Cuomo said the state will dedicate an additional $6 million to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding so affected recipients can continue receiving the same amount of money in food stamps.
Critics argued the governor is exploiting a loophole in the law for the plan.