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NYC Politicians, Advocates Protest Proposed Cuts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New York City Council members and advocates are protesting proposed budget cuts that could reduce the number of city-subsidized child care slots and slice the funding for supportive housing services for New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.

Councilwoman Annabel Palma, the chair of the council's Committee on General Welfare, said Thursday the cuts threatened this year aren't as severe as those from last year. But she warned the combined impact would still be devastating.

Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar told council members at a budget hearing that cuts to supportive housing and nutrition services to people with HIV and AIDS would reduce duplicative efforts. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she wouldn't approve a budget containing the caseworker cuts.

Officials have another three months to hammer out an agreement.

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