12th Proposal of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 Agenda: Combatting Poverty & Reducing Rampant Inequality Across Upstate New York
The United Way of Northern New York has been selected to head a $1 million state grant to fight poverty for the city. Working with the United Way, Mayor Butler will put together a local task force consisting of people living in poverty, non-profit agencies serving the impoverished, school officials, health service providers, public safety officials and others.
Former Watertown Family YMCA Chief Executive Officer Peter W. Schmitt has been appointed to oversee the spending of a $1 million anti-poverty grant. Watertown is one of 16 cities in the state to receive an Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative grant. United Way of Northern New York was selected to lead the initiative by Watertown Mayor Joe Butler.
Former Watertown Family YMCA Chief Executive Officer Peter W. Schmitt has been appointed to oversee the spending of a $1 million anti-poverty grant. Watertown is one of 16 cities in the state to receive an Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative grant. United Way of Northern New York was selected to lead the initiative by Wattertown Mayor Joe Butler.
A two-year comprehensive study found 29 percent of New Yorkers qualified as “asset limited, income constrained, employed,” or ALICE. An additional 15 percent live below the federal poverty level, for a total of 3.2 million economically unstable households in the state.
The city of Watertown will be one of 16 communities across the state served by the state's new Empire Corps program. Announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday, the Empire Corps program aims to reduce poverty in New York state, and will be funded $6.7 million over the next three years.
In each community, program members will reach out to impoverished residents and help them identify and connect with solutions. VISTA and AmeriCorps members will work together to find and address the specific needs of each community.
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Empire Corps will serve in City Halls and at not-for-profit organizations that provide critical services, such as health care, education and mentoring, financial literacy and skills development for disadvantaged New Yorkers.
The efforts of VISTA members will complement the AmeriCorps services, as they focus on building the capacity of area not-for-profits and help them to strategically align services to meet the needs of each community.
Organizers putting together the city’s $1 million anti-poverty program want to make sure that people at risk are involved in tackling the problem. wThey are looking for low-income people to serve on a 40- to 50-member task force that will be asked to develop and execute the plan to address poverty. The task force’s first meeting is slated for Jan. 25 at the Watertown Urban Mission.
Peter Schmitt wants to assemble a task force comprised of low-income wage earners in order to design a plan to specifically address poverty in the city.
About 50 members of the task force met for the first time at the Urban Mission to start working on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Watertown is one of 16 cities in the state to receive a grant from the program.