Bronx residents protest judge?s ruling against Local Law 23
Many Bronx residents were protesting a judges ruling against Local Law 23 at City Hall Wednesday.
Local Law 23 helps welfare recipients get vocational training and education from the city. Protesters say education is the key for residents to get off public assistance. However, a state Supreme Court judge recently ruled that the City Council had overstepped its bounds by passing Local Law 23 after the mayor vetoed it.
Now the law will be scrapped and many protesters say residents are being denied the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty. A representative from the mayors office says he cant remember the mayors original objection to the law. He adds that the mayor took the City Council to court after they passed the ordinance because the action threatened mayoral authority.
Supporters of Local Law 23 say 55 percent of welfare participants in the Bronx and citywide do not have a high school diploma or a GED.