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Poverty concerns Ticonderoga superintendent

John McDonald asks for state help

Ticonderoga Central School Superintendent John McDonald visits with Dede Scozzafava, deputy secretary of state for local government, while she was in Ticonderoga to make a state budget presentation. McDonald urged Scozzafava to press state officials to help the rural poor.

Ticonderoga Central School Superintendent John McDonald visits with Dede Scozzafava, deputy secretary of state for local government, while she was in Ticonderoga to make a state budget presentation. McDonald urged Scozzafava to press state officials to help the rural poor. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Scozzafava, who lives in Ogdensburg, sympathized with McDonald.

“I’ve seen it myself, the family living at the end of a dirt road without heat,” she said. “You’re right, we need to do more.”

Scozzafava promised McDonald she would take his concerns to the governor.

Poverty is defined by the federal government based on income and household size. A family of four earning $22,113 or less a year meets the poverty threshold. The income level rises to $26,023 for a family of five and so on.

According to the census, 16.4 million children now live in poverty in the United States. That’s 22 percent of all American children, the highest percentage since 1959.

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