New data reveals that the number of New York City residents on food stamps has more than doubled under billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to the Independent Budget Office (IBO), 800,000 New Yorkers received food stamps in 2002. Today, New York City has 1.8 million food stamp recipients, costing taxpayers $3.4 billion a year.

IBO spokesperson Doug Turetsky says the Bloomberg Administration’s aggressive food stamp marketing and outreach has helped put more New Yorkers on the welfare rolls.

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