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New report highlights alarming child poverty rates in New York

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A new report by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reveals troubling child poverty trends across New York, with the state having one of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. The report shows that nearly one in five New York children lived in poverty in 2022.


DiNapoli emphasized the urgent need for action, noting that expanded government programs during the pandemic significantly reduced child poverty, but the expiration of these measures worsened the situation. The report found that 18.8% of New York’s children were in poverty in 2022, with cities like Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo experiencing child poverty rates of up to 46%.

DiNapoli urged both state and federal governments to implement solutions, such as expanding the Child Tax Credit. The New York State Child Poverty Reduction Advisory Council aims to cut child poverty by half by 2031 through strategic investments and policy changes.



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