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Palma Calls Cuomo's Cuts "Draconian"
February 2nd, 2011

The Council’s General Welfare Chair Anna Palma weighed in with a statement slamming Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget for “draconian cuts” to the state’s reimbursement for adult homeless shelters in the city. Palma joins a chorus of voices that insist Cuomo’s budget ignores human cost. Here is Palma’s statement:
As our City experiences steady population growth and limited job opportunities, it is shocking for Governor Cuomo to propose eliminating State Funding for Human and Social Services. I understand the State of New York is currently facing a fiscal crisis, but I cannot support a proposal that would overwhelmingly target New York Citys most vulnerable for severe service reductions.

The Governors proposed budget reduces the States reimbursement for New York City Adult Homeless Shelters, making the City responsible for an additional $16 million per year. These draconian cuts come at a time when New York City is already dealing with a steady increase in homelessness and grappling with the issue of how to provide additional shelter. The most recent DHS shelter census reflects a total of 37,509 people in shelter, an increase of 2,058 since October of 2010; these cuts will plainly further burden an already overwhelmed system.

Likewise, it is extremely troublesome that Governor Cuomo proposes to eliminate State funding to New York Citys Work Advantage Program, which provides assistance for working families at risk of eviction or already residing in homeless shelters. These cuts come in addition to the Governors proposed delay of the scheduled 10% increase to the Public Assistance Grant. These cuts will leave New York City residents without support or safety net services at a time where they have never been more necessary.

It is my sincere hope that the Governor will reassess his plan, and present an alternative which will equitably distribute cuts without further burdening the neediest New Yorkers.

By on February 2, 2011, 1:41 pm
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