|“As Central New York’s Representative in Congress, I’ve made it a priority to raise awareness and focus on finding solutions to the devastating rate of poverty in our community,” said Rep. John Katko
Since taking office, Rep. Katko has prioritized poverty and education in our community, noting that Syracuse has one of the highest child poverty rates of any major upstate New York city, with a graduation rate in Syracuse city schools below 50 percent.
“Poverty hurts all of Central New York – not just those who live it every day. This is an epidemic that requires our entire community’s attention,” continued Katko. “We need to create strong educational and job opportunities so that individuals living in poverty can take steps into personal achievement and economic stability.”
Congressman John M. Katko was elected to represent the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 2014.
His experience as a former prosecutor and one who formulated the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force, Rep. Katko has a unique, in depth perspective of the impact of poverty.