Sam Pratt was the first to draw attention to the fact that if you read beyond the headline that declared "Gloversville has highest poverty rate in state" in yesterday's Albany Business Review, you discover that "the lowest poverty rate in New York is 5.9 percent in the Columbia County city of Hudson."
You have to be curious about where they are getting their information. According to QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 census determined that 21.8 percent of people living in Hudson were living in poverty. That's an improvement over 2000, when it was 25.6 percent, but 21.8 percent is a long way from 5.9 percent. But even if the 5.9 percent were true, it wouldn't give Hudson the lowest poverty rate in the state. Larchmont, Rye, and Scarsdale in Westchester County have poverty rates of 1.3 percent, 1.3 percent, and 2.1 percent respectively.