Good News From City Hall

Lucy FriedmanNew York families heard good news from City Hall last night. Below is TASC’s statement on the New York City budget agreement:

TASC President Lucy N. Friedman commended Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and members of the New York City Council for reaching a budget agreement that restores critical services to children and families including child care and after-school. “We’re grateful that the Mayor and Council were able to come to an agreement to ensure thousands of families will continue to receive the high-quality child care and after-school opportunities they have come to rely on,” she said. “In the next few days we will learn more details about changes to New York’s Out-of-School Time system, and we look forward to seeing how programs will be implemented throughout New York City.

“We’re grateful to Speaker Quinn and Finance Chair Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. for their leadership and for responding to the needs of families who want to keep their jobs, but also assure their children are safe and learning after 3,” Ms. Friedman said.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announced yesterday that the New York City budget for the coming year adds approximately $150 million in combined funding to the Administration for Children’s Services Child Care program and the Department of Youth and Community Development Out-of-School Time from the levels in the Mayor’s Executive Budget. The total combined funding level for the two programs in fiscal year 2013 will be approximately $75 million more than the total for 2012. They also said the budget agreement maintains the increases for education funding included in the Mayor’s May Executive Budget, which will allow the City to increase the total number of teachers in the school system this coming year by roughly 1,000.

The Mayor’s Executive Budget had proposed cutting more than 47,000 slots from the child care and after-school systems. The Campaign for Children, a partnership of New York City youth-serving organizations, had requested $170 million be restored to the city budget.

The campaign issued a statement saying, “We applaud the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg for coming to an agreement to save vital child care and after-school services for New York’s working families. We thank the City Council and Speaker Quinn for once again making the City’s children a priority as they worked to create a balanced budget. This investment in child care and after-school programs is an investment in our City’s future. We’re grateful that New York City’s leaders put children first in a difficult budget year, and look forward to working with them to create stable, sustainable systems going forward.”

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