Children’s Aid Society Calls for Reinstatement of Personal Income Tax Surcharge to Help NYC’s Neediest Children

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Contact: Anthony Ramos, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-204-8214,

New York, NY – September 22, 2011New data from the Census Bureau indicate the number of New Yorkers living below the federal poverty line grew at higher rates than the nation as a whole. This spike comes on the heels of the USDA report that indicates the number of New York State residents experiencing food insecurity and hunger increased to a record 2.5 million, the highest figure in New York State history. Despite these startling statistics, the city, state and federal governments have cut anti-poverty programs at unprecedented rates, including a recent 40% reduction in federal funding to food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries. In response to the numbers, The Children’s Aid Society President and CEO Richard Buery called again for New York City to reinstate its Personal Income Tax surcharge on the wealthiest New Yorkers to help children in poverty.   

“The bad news for the neediest New Yorkers and children in particular keeps piling up,” said Buery. “This is exactly why all New Yorkers who care about children and the poor must come together and demand that the wealthiest pay their fair share, especially now when things have gotten so bad for so many. It is time to reinstate the Personal Income Tax so that those who can afford a life of luxury contribute equitably to ensuring that an entire generation of American children is not lost. Much like the City did in the 1990s to hire additional police and combat a surge in crime, the administration should work with Albany to levy a tax on the richest City residents to help fight this generation’s greatest threat—children living in poverty.”

 The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City.  Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (347) 439-7727, email or visit