The Lo-Down: Protesting Cuts to After School Programs
By Ed Litvak
It was quite a scene last night at P.S. 134 on East Broadway. Hours after Mayor Bloomberg released his budget, which includes deep cuts to NYC’s after school programs, hundreds of parents and kids descended on the Lower East Side school to express their anger and concern. So many people showed up at the rally that an overflow crowd was kept outside for much of the evening.
The event featured numerous pleas from elected officials — all of whom urged parents to raise their voices in defense of the after school programs. Addressing the crowd last night were: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and City Council members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez.