Deadbeat Dads Pony Up $731 Million to City in Child Support

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12:  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers his annual State of the City address at Morris High School Campus on January 12, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Education reform was a significant part of Bloomberg's address.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/2012 Getty Images

It's a record haul, according to Mayor Bloomberg, who has boosted the figure 53 percent since taking office. “The bottom line is that it translates into an awful lot of families getting the aid that they need to make sure the children can have a meal each day — three times a day — and have a roof over their heads,” Bloomberg said at a news conference in East Harlem. Most of the money collected for the benefit of 175,000 people came from garnished wages, for about $4,000 per family. Awkward phone calls from estranged fathers are free.