But the number of SNAP participants in the city keeps falling. That could reflect good news about the economy, the impact of federal benefit cuts or the persistence at the city level of obstacles to families getting the help they need.
The Center for Economic Opportunity was the high-profile heart of an anti-poverty push that earned Mayor Bloomberg many plaudits and some flak. The initiative lives on under his successor.
For only the second time in a decade, voters in the Assembly district covering parts of the Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights neighborhoods could see a contested race in the fall, though not in an April special election.