AlterNet: Bloomberg’s Latest Bargaining Chips? Low-Income Children

Molly Knefel-June 28

Mayor Bloomberg came within days of leaving 47,000 of NYC’s poorest children without access to child care and after-school programs.

After months of threatening New York City’s poorest communities with devastating cuts to after-school and child-care services, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that he would restore funding for those programs rather than eliminating them.  The announcement came at the last hour, with less than a week to spare before the final deadline. Bloomberg’s original Executive Budget, announced in May, would have left as many as 47,000 children without after-school or child care, most of them low-income children of color.

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