ALBANY, N.Y.-- Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced her support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed expansion of the NY Youth Works program.
The proposal states that $16 million will be spent over the next four years across New York State to provide tax credits to companies that hire inner-city youths.
NY Youth Works is estimated to have created 13,000 jobs across New York State since the start of the program in 2011. With spending increases, this number could be raised to 20,000, according to officials.
"When 25 percent of Albany's residents struggle to survive at or below the federal poverty line, I applaud Governor Cuomo's focus and dedication to putting urban youth back to work and on a career path. Innovative programs like NY Youth Works provide a powerful tool we can utilize as we seek to rebuild our most economically challenged neighborhoods," said Mayor Sheehan.
Youth interested in participating in the program can learn more here.