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From The Star-Ledger in N.J. In the picture, Raymond Mendenko, right, talks to his grandson Ian Davis, 5, left, at his home in Wrightstown on Thursday. Next month, elderly and disabled residents will have their Supplemental Security Income checks reduced due to state budget cuts. Raymond Mendenko, who lives in a trailer with his wife Debbie, is unable to work due to a spinal cord injury. His SSI checks will be reduced from $350 to $96 a month.
TRENTON — When head trauma from a car accident left Lorraine Bordo unable to work as a real estate agent, she turned to the government for help. For almost two decades, she has received Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, which helps the elderly and the disabled make ends meet.
But now that help is drying up. Bordo is one of about 5,970 New Jerseyans whose SSI payments will be cut next month because the state eliminated $6.7 million in subsidies. The average cut per person is $209 monthly.