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Sunday, January 10, 2016 12:00 am

Combatting Poverty & Reducing Rampant Inequality Across Upstate New York

12th Proposal of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 Agenda: Combatting Poverty & Reducing Rampant Inequality Across Upstate New York

Read the Full Press Release on the Governor's website

Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:00 am

United Way of Northern New York to head Watertown’s anti-poverty efforts

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

Friday, November 25, 2016 12:00 am

Peter Schmitt named to oversee use of anti-poverty grant

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

Friday, November 25, 2016 10:16 am

Schmitt Named To Lead Watertown's Anti-Poverty Initiative

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.

Read the full article at WWNY

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:00 am

ALICE report shows many struggling near or below poverty line

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:00 am

Watertown part of new state program to reduce poverty

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:00 am

Governor Cuomo Announces $67 million to create new Empire Corps Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo news

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.

Read the entire article at Watertown Daily Times

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:00 am

Efforts continue on Watertown’s anti-poverty plan

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:38 pm

Watertown officials calling on low-income earners

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.

Read the entire story on Inform NNY

Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:00 am

Watertown's anti-poverty group sets agenda

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.

Read the full article at Watertown Daily Times

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