ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Children’s advocacy groups have a goal to cut child poverty by half over the next 10 years.
Thursday, in collaboration with state officials and community partners, the children’s agenda announced the Childhood Poverty Reduction Act.
Advocates are asking candidates to sign a pledge to support the legislation that would take steps to reduce poverty.
The CEO of the children’s agenda says in Rochester one out of every two children live in poverty.
“This is not something like the weather or gravity, or the second law of thermodynamics, this is something that is human-made,” Children’s Agenda CEO Larry Marx said. “And something that is shaped by the policy decisions we make or the policy choices we fail to make.”
Marx says despite different efforts, the overall poverty rate in New York has not gone down over the last decade.