300,000 Seniors in Poverty Across State, With Latinos Hit Hard in NYC, New Report Says

More than 300,000 seniors in the state are living in poverty, with the problem hitting Latinos in the city especially hard, according to a report due to be released Saturday.

Citing data from the state Community Action Association, the report by Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) says that 11.6% of the elderly population lives in poverty. In New York City, 30% of Latino seniors, 25.6% of Asians and 20.1% of blacks live in poverty, the report says. Among white seniors in the city, the poverty rate is 15.1%.

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