New York state welfare benefits to rise

THE BRONX - Welfare recipients in the Bronx are set to receive their first benefits increase in nearly two decades.

The increase is part of Gov. David Paterson's budget. Beginning this month, a family of three will get $30 more in their monthly checks. For a family of four, the increase is $40.

Welfare benefits are also expected to rise incrementally in 2010 and 2011.

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