Chairman Alvarez Attends National Poverty Summit   

Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Luis A. Alvarez joined more than 160 county leaders from across the country in Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Texas last week to examine anti-poverty initiatives and the critical role counties play in breaking multi-generational cycles of poverty. Hosted by the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Poverty Summit convened national experts and county leaders focused on exchanging best practices in combating poverty. Click here for the full agenda.

“It is an honor to represent Sullivan County in the critical national dialogue on poverty,” said Chairman Alvarez. “The Poverty Summit showcased how we can come together to break the cycles of poverty that plague far too many children and families across this country and Sullivan County. I look forward to continuing our efforts to expand opportunity in Sullivan County.”

Chairman Alvarez also participated in NACo’s fall board of directors meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Poverty Summit. As a brand new member of NACo’s board of directors, Chairman Alvarez plays a key role in identifying and shaping the organization’s policy agenda on behalf the nation’s 3,069 counties.

The NACo board approved several federal legislative priorities for 2018 that are important to Sullivan County, including:
• Promoting county interests in the forthcoming federal infrastructure package
• Enhancing the ability of counties to treat mental illnesses and reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails
• Protecting the federal-state-local partnership for Medicaid
• Ensuring strong county consultation in the federal regulatory process and
• Other federal policies that impact counties and residents.

Held Dec. 7-9, the Poverty Summit was a key outcome of NACo President Roy Charles Brooks’ presidential initiative. For more information about the initiative, click here. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills and pursue transformational county solutions. For more information about NACo, visit

?NACo President Roy Charles Brooks calls to order NACo's Board of Directors Fall Meeting in Tarrant County, Texas. (Photo courtesy of the National Association of Counties)