Testimony Presented to New York City Council Committee on Finance
March 6, 2019
My name is Derek Thomas and I am a Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst at FPWA. I would like to thank Chairperson Dromm and the members of the Committee on Finance for the opportunity to testify before you today.
FPWA is an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of nearly 170 human-service and faith-based organizations. FPWA has been a prominent force in New York City’s social services system for nearly 100 years, promoting social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable through just public policies and the strengthening of the human services organizations. Each year, through its network of member agencies, FPWA reaches close to 1.5 million New Yorkers.
We’re excited to present to you today – following two years of planning and with a generous grant from The New York Committee Trust – FPWA’s Federal Funds Tracker.
The Tracker, which is available at www.federalfundstracker.org, is our response to grave concerns expressed by our members following the 2016 election about the impact of federal fiscal policies on New York City’s social services budget and sector. Our goal is to foster greater awareness of and engagement in the federal budget process through data, storytelling, and action.