Center Challenges Pervasive Benefit Delays in Upstate New York

In February 2006 we filed a federal class action in Buffalo against the county services commissioner challenging the county’s policies and practices of failing to process applications and provide food stamps, Medicaid, and cash assistance in a timely manner and of failing to provide food stamps on an expedited basis, all in violation of federal and state law. We also sued the state social services commissioner for failure to properly oversee and supervise the county. The Court has awarded relief to the named plaintiffs, and the case is proceeding. We are co-counsel with the Western New York Law Center. (Martin v. Weiner)