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Efforts to combat poverty in Newburgh get state backing

October 24, 2018

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Initiatives that aim to combat poverty in one hard-hit Hudson Valley community are getting some state backing.

The office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $570,000 in state funding Tuesday that will support several anti-poverty initiatives in Newburgh, N.Y.

The majority of the money will go to the Newburgh Ministry, which operates a program that provides financial literacy and mentorship to struggling families. Smaller grants will go toward programs intended to enhance civic engagement, reduce trash and add recreational areas and art throughout the community.

The money is part of a broader $25 million effort to target pockets of poverty around the state.

Other communities receiving similar state funding include Albany, Binghamton, the Bronx, Buffalo, Oswego, Syracuse, Troy and Utica.

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