- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state panel created to address poverty in Rochester has met for the first time.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul convened the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force on Thursday. The panel includes about two dozen state officials who will work with local leaders to craft solutions to economic problems facing local residents.

In a statement announcing the first meeting, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the task force aims to bring a wide variety of agencies together to fight local poverty and improve the effectiveness of existing programs.

Thursday’s meeting included briefings from community leaders on local conditions relating to economics, health, education, crime and housing.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says the goal is more jobs, safe neighborhoods and better schools.

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