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Tackling Poverty


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Despite a booming local economy and historically low unemployment rate, chronic poverty is still a persistent problem: Today, one in five New Yorkers sill lives below the federal poverty line.

Rafael Pi Roman takes an in-depth look into the Bloomberg administration's new $150 million plan to tackle this issue. Has the mayor come up with an innovative way of reducing poverty? Or does his approach fail to get at the root cause of the problem? Appearing in the show: Joel Berg is the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

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Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone Linda Gibbs is NYC's deputy mayor for health and human services. Lawrence Mead is a professor in NYU's Department of Politics.



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A $150 Million Plan: The mayor lays out a new approach to reducing poverty.

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View this storyAn Innovative Approach?: Rafael Pi Roman discusses the new plan with Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone.

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