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.