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Saturday, August 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Our Communities on the Brink: Real Solutions for the Front Lines Fight Against Poverty

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While conversations about economic inequality have been sweeping across America, issues of intractable poverty - often concentrated in communities of color - continue to plague many U.S. cities. Detroit is the specter haunting the dreams of most city mayors. The roots of the crisis lie not only in capital flight and the resulting job loss, but also in persistent historical discrimination in employment and housing. This prevents cities from building an adequate tax base to support quality schools and community services. In New York State, city leaders have plans to revive both their urban economies and the spirit and hope of the people they were elected to serve.

Moderators
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Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s. She served two terms on the Albany Common Council representing Arbor Hill and North Albany from 2006 to 2013. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Barbara has been a resident of Albany since 1984. As a member of the council Barbara focused upon addressing violence and increasing educational opportunity for youth and families, especially in economically... Read More →

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Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Mayor, City of Albany
On January 1st 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the first woman Mayor in Albany’s history. | | In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Kathy became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Kathy modernized the City’s tax collection system and completely overhauled its scandal-plagued parking ticket system. She serves on the Boards of the Central Avenue and Downtown Business Improvement Districts, Albany Industrial... Read More →
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Ritchie Torres

Member, New York City Council
Council Member Ritchie Torres was elected to office in November 2013 to represent the communities of the Central Bronx. Ritchie is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx and the youngest member of the City Council.  A lifelong son of the Bronx, Ritchie was raised in a single-parent household, growing up and living most of his life in a NYCHA public housing development.  His family’s... Read More →
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Mayor Lovely Warren

Mayor, City of Rochester
Lovely Warren is the first female mayor in the history of the City, and the youngest in modern times. | | As Mayor, Warren’s goals are to improve educational outcomes for city students, increase economic development, improve public safety and community/police relations, and close the gaps in disparities that plague many parts of the City. Noting that improving educational outcomes is at the crux of many of the City’s most pressing... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
King Street Ballroom