The number of New Yorkers on welfare is reportedly on the rise, with about 13,000 more people being added to the rolls during the mayor's first year in office.
The New York Post is reporting that the cash assistance program swelled by 4 percent in 2014.
According to an advanced look at the “Poverty and Progress in New York” report, the jump comes the same year the city added around 90,000 jobs.
They are blaming the increase in part to changes in the Human Resources Administration's state-approved Biennial Employment Plan.
That includes a new rule that lets welfare recipients substitute full-time education for the previously-required 35-hour work week.
According to the article, the report also say penalties for noncompliance like missed appointments with caseworkers are “less likely to lead to sanctions or case closings.”
The full report, published by the Manhattan Institute, is due out this Tuesday.