Manhattan Times: Community advocates rally against cuts to after school programs

By Sandra García

Directly after the Mayor unveiled his executive budget this past Thurs., May 3rd, which revealed major cuts for Out of School (OST) and after-school programs, the steps of City Hall were flooded with northern Manhattan after-school providers, staff, advocates and parents, and elected officials protesting what some have termed “draconian” and “unimaginable.”

“I’ve been in this field for 20 years and have never seen the likes of this,” said Angelo Ortiz, LCSW-R, Unit Director of Inwood Community Services, Inc./ UNIDOS Coalition Coordinator.

In announcing his $68.7 billion budget proposal, Mayor Bloomberg proposes cutting early childhood and after school programs – for the fifth straight year.

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