Lawmakers push for literacy programs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – One in five people in Erie County are functionally illiterate. The numbers are even worse in Buffalo, one in three. Two local lawmakers are making a push to change those numbers.

State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes will announce new funding for Literacy New York, Buffalo- Niagara. They money will help teach 40 students.

Both lawmakers will also push for more investment in literacy programs. They say those programs are key to combating unemployment and poverty in our region. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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