February 1, 2019
CCC recognizes the need to be fiscally prudent. That said, we are very disappointed that the State’s Budget cuts and curtails services for the most vulnerable children and youth in the state, most glaringly impacting negatively the children of New York City.
CCC is deeply disappointed that the Executive Budget proposes to cut reimbursement rates to family assistance programs by 10% only in New York City. While there are several Executive Budget proposals that should be applauded such as proposed investments for prekindergarten, after-school programs, community schools, child care and continued investments in implementation of raising the age of criminal responsibility across the state, we are worried about reductions or cost shifts that eliminate or decrease funding for critical services the most vulnerable New Yorkers depend on – many of whom reside in New York City.
We urge the Legislature to negotiate a budget with the Governor that is balanced in a manner that improves the well-being of children, youth and families.