Measuring Poverty in NYC: Why it Matters

October 5, 2012, Manhattan. The Community Service Society hosted a forum to discuss newly released census data on poverty in New York City and how it compares to the City’s alternative poverty measure. Should the city continue to produce its own measure? What does it reveal that’s different? And what does it mean for public policy? The following panel experts helped to answer these questions:

James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute

Mark Levitan, Director of Poverty Research for NYC’s Center of Economic Opportunity

Michelle Holder, Senior Policy Analyst at CSS

Council Members sponsoring legislation to require the city to continue to produce an annual poverty measure and report.

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