Cuomo Wants to Create Faith-Based Services Agency

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new state Office of Faith-Based Community Services to help religious organizations that provide food, education, health care or other social services, he said Thursday.

Speaking to a convention of the United Missionary Baptist Association, Cuomo said the state must improve its relationship with the faith-based organizations that he said are “often the most trusted, reliable and effective providers of social services.”

The agency would help religious organizations and houses of worship find grant funding. It also would help religious groups work with government agencies to coordinate social services, and work with state economic development officials to “encourage the development of faith-based businesses,” according to a memo from Cuomo’s campaign.