Governor Hochul Launches First-Ever Advisory Council to Reduce Child Poverty Statewide

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty Reduction, which will develop a plan to cut child poverty in half over the next decade. Authorized by the Child Poverty Reduction Act, the diverse panel will begin developing this plan at its first meeting in Albany on Thursday, October 13.

“Reducing poverty for all New Yorkers — especially our youngest — is a key priority for my administration,” Governor Hochul said. “This talented and diverse group of policy experts, service providers, advocates and community members will examine both proven strategies and new approaches to achieve this goal and address the broad and systemic inequalities that perpetuate the cycles of poverty in New York State communities.

The council is tasked with developing evidence-based recommendations to reduce child poverty in New York State by 50% over the next ten years. As part of this effort, the council will conduct comprehensive data analyses, create a timeline with annual benchmarks, determine effective metrics to measure the state’s progress in reducing child poverty, and publish reports.

The council is co-chaired by Jihoon Kim, Governor Hochul’s Undersecretary for Human Services and Mental Hygiene, and Daniel W. Tietz, Commissioner of the State Bureau of Temporary Assistance and the Disabled.

The Governor’s Assistant Secretary for Social Services and Mental Hygiene Jihoon Kim said: “I am grateful to Governor Hochul for appointing me as Co-Chair of the Board. This administration is committed to taking concrete action to alleviate the economic, mental, and emotional stress experienced by far too many New Yorkers, especially our children. The Council is focused on building consensus toward broad-based policy solutions that can help disadvantaged communities, including communities of color, escape poverty and achieve economic security.

Daniel W. Tietz, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary Help and Disability Assistance, said: “It is an honor to serve as Co-Chair of the Council and I am excited to begin the critical work of creating a plan that we can use to halve child poverty over the next decade. The Council’s work aims to empower some of our most marginalized and vulnerable fellow New Yorkers and improve the quality of life for those who need it most.”

The statutory composition of the council includes:

  • State Office of Child and Family Services Commissioner Shelia Poole
  • State Department of Taxation and Finance Assistant Commissioner for Processing and Taxpayer Services Kristin Dence
  • State Council for Children and Families Deputy Director and Attorney Elana Marton
  • Ben Anderson, former director of health policy and economic justice for the Children’s Defense Fund
  • Richard Buery, CEO of the Robin des Bois Foundation
  • Community Member Candace Cabral
  • Community Member Pamela Walcott
  • Shelly Callahan, Member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council
  • Kathy Connerton, member of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council
  • Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy President and CEO Kate Breslin
  • Allison Lake, executive director of the Westchester Children’s Association
  • The Children’s Agenda Policy Director Peter Nabozny
  • Dia Bryant, Executive Director of the Education Fund
  • Lisa Fitzpatrick, New York City Human Resources Administration Administrator
  • Marie Cannon, Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services

Hundreds of thousands of children live in poverty across New York State in 2021, according to US Census Bureau data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. That’s more than 15 percent or nearly one in five children statewide.

The New York State Advisory Council on Child Poverty Reduction will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 13 at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room 6 at Empire State Plaza in Albany. The meeting is open to the public and can also be viewed on lineas well as the documents that the Board will discuss, which will be available on this link the day before the meeting: otda.ny.gov/news/meetings/.

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