Claire Hughes reports in The Albany Times Union
that New York got high marks in children's health, and low marks for widespread poverty in the 2017 Kids Count Data Book, a study from the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation. Only two percent of young New Yorkers are without health insurance, the study reported, but 22 percent of children in the state lived in poverty in 2015. Albany County had a child poverty rate of 16.4 percent in 2015, and Rensselaer County had a 18.2 percent rate that year. Larry Marx, chief executive officer of the Rochester-based Children's Agenda, says the poverty figure is the most important predictor of future results. "Whether it's related to the 'toxic stress' that people attribute poverty to creating in families and children, or whether it's the poor educational outcomes, or the health disparities ... without making an impact on children living in poverty and their families living in poverty, we can't make a huge dent in other indicators," he said. Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.