I've lived here three years now and if you ask anyone, with any 'true life' experience here, they'll agree that the only people in this state that get things 'handed' to them are the drug addicts and those that CLAIM to have some sort of mental or physical disability. Good, honest, hard working people get the shaft.
Plattsburgh, is FULL of these types. As I'm sure the rest of New York is as well, due to the people of my same status have told me. The DSS here obviously doesn't have a set guideline for the assistance they give. They make it up as they go. When I was performing 'work experience' as part of my assistance, I worked a few hours in addition to 'job search'. People of the same status worked full-time hours with NO 'job search'.
I NEVER received a straight answer from ANYONE at DSS.
So if you've only HEARD how easy things are for people getting assitance and NOT lived the experience... DO NOT elaborate with your PROPAGANDA and INSINUATIONS. Things in this country, let alone this 'state', need a serious overhaul. Priorities need straightened. Not everyone receiving assistance deserves it. But not everyone deserves not too, either. I'm ALL for helping people. But what I've SEEN and LIVED the last three years has given me a great sense of NEEDING to become a very active part of true change and fairness in this country.
Hang on to your hat's.
I'm just very glad to have been working the seasonal position at 45 - 54 hours a week until Dec. 24 so I can reacquire my license and get a driving job after the first of the year. Working is GOOD.