President's Message

Reducing poverty will require political will

Nearly three million New Yorkers live in poverty and 895,303 of them are children. An additional 643,000 children are in low-income households above the poverty level.  That’s over a million New York children living in households struggling to pay rent, heat their homes, get transportation, and feed their children. The US Census Bureau’s most recent…
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Fighting to Place New York Children at the Center of New York’s Policy Agenda

There are 6,709 registered lobbyists in New York State, all working to influence public policy. Our policy team at Schuyler Center is among them, part of a tiny fraction of the lobbying community pressing for public policy benefiting young children living in families facing adversity. Our challenge every day is gaining lawmakers’ attention through the…
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Voting for Children Because Our Future Depends on It

Children thrive in stable, safe, supportive homes and communities. Children thrive when they have access to quality health care and education, including early education. Children thrive when they are spared the lasting trauma of poverty, food insecurity, and neglect. Government can’t replace families or communities, but plays a critical role in leveling the playing field…
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The Science is Screaming at Us

At long last, it is spring!  New Beginnings! Fresh starts! New York State budget negotiations often place us on the defensive – fighting to save the very same family strengthening programs we helped to build.  This year’s budget – which concluded on March 31, 2018 – was no exception.  The Executive Budget, released in early…
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A Cap is a Cut is a Block Grant: Why We Strongly Oppose the Governor’s Proposal to Cap NYC Preventive Services Funding

At Schuyler Center, we often describe our mission as shining a spotlight on policies that are overlooked because they concern communities without political clout, or because they are obscured by complexity. We aim to pull these policies out of the shadows to hold policymakers accountable to all New Yorkers. One of the proposals in the…
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The Fight is Not Over

As people who believe that communities are stronger when children and families have access to affordable health care, we are profoundly disappointed that the health needs of children and the families that care for them appear to have been forgotten as Congress moves policies designed to radically restructure Medicaid and strip health coverage from millions.…
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Celebrate Today–But Get Back to Work Tomorrow

Congratulations to all of us on defeating the damaging health bill in the Senate. We defeated this bill because people from across the nation came together and in one voice said “no!” to Medicaid cuts that would hurt children, families, people with disabilities, and seniors. We fended off devastating cuts to Medicaid because consumers, advocates,…
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