Erie County

Edgar May
Edgar May writes about his experience working as an Erie County welfare caseworker during his investigation into welfare fraud for the Buffalo Evening News and offers possible solutions to the problems he encountered.
'Out of Wedlock' - Blight On Our Welfare System
A Welfare Caseworker
Written by a caseworker in the Erie County Department of Social Welfare in response to Ed May's article about the Aid to Dependent Children, this article talks about how single mothers choose not to marry because they would lose welfare benefits for their children.
Some Ways to Lighten The Burdens of Welfare
Ed May
In the final installment of "Our Costly Dilemma," a series about New York State's welfare program, reporter Ed May offers suggestions on how to increase the program's efficiency.
Welfare Not a Bonanza For Those Truly in Need
Ed May
In the penultimate article in his 14-part series on New York State's welfare program, Ed May explains that while some may abuse the system for extra-cash, welfare benefits provide just the bare minimum for those who rely on it entirely.
Medical Costs Are Major Factors In Our Ailing Welfare System
Ed May
Ed May writes about the increasing costs of hospitalization and medical care in general and its burden on New York State's welfare system.
Some Malingerers Take Long Rides on Relief
Ed May
In the seventh article in Ed May's series about New York State's welfare system, he reports that some welfare recipients have been collecting aid for years and refuse to regularly look for jobs.
Penetrating Look at Costs, Cases Yielded by News' 6-month Study
Ed May
The first in the series called "Our Costly Dilemma" by Buffalo Evening News reporter Ed May exposing inefficiencies and abuses in New York State's Welfare system. The article also includes an editor's note titled "What Welfare Means to You" explaining the genesis of the project and the various sources and resources the paper used.
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