by E.J. McMahon
May 22, 2014
New York City’s welfare caseload has declined dramatically since peaking, in the mid-1990s, just prior to the enactment of a major federal reform implemented locally under two mayors, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Although the city’s poverty rate rose during the 2007–09 recession, it remains 71 percent below its peak level (under the old welfare rules) of the mid-1990s.