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NY Assembly to Examine Impact of Poverty on Children

Danny Lyon, wikipedia

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The state Assembly will hold a public hearing on how poverty affects children and families and the ways it keeps people from achieving self-sufficiency.

At the hearing Tuesday afternoon at Binghamton City Hall, Assembly Children and Families Committee Chair Donna Lupardo and Social Services Chair Andrew Hevesi will take testimony on the number of children living in poverty.

The hearing will focus on U.S. Census data that shows 22 percent of the state's children under the age of 18 are living below the federal poverty level, which is defined as a family of four with an annual income of $24,250.

The Census Bureau says 30 percent of the children in New York City and 47 percent of the children in Binghamton live in poverty, far exceeding the state average.