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Brooklyn, NY - Telephone Campaign Underway To Protest Mayor's Cuts To Child Care

Published on: June 15, 2011 10:03 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - Dozens of yeshivas across New York City, working with Councilman David G. Greenfield, launched a week-long call-in campaign Monday aimed at restoring funding to child care and specifically to child care programs serving the Jewish community. The groups are using a toll-free number, (800) 930 6605, to connect directly with senior members of the Bloomberg administration to ask for a restoration of child care funding. Since the call-in campaign was launched, over 2,900 parents have called in to express their displeasure with the Mayor’s child care cuts, which disproportionally impact the Orthodox Jewish community.

“It is fundamentally wrong to balance the city’s budget on the back of a single community,” said Councilman Greenfield. “I am disappointed that Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs even suggested these cuts to child care. But, then to claim to have saved child care when thousands of children will still be left without child care is simply irresponsible.”

As background, Mayor Bloomberg first eliminated $91 million in child care funding from his preliminary budget. After intense pressure from Councilman Greenfield and his colleagues, particularly Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander, the Mayor restored $40 million of the $91 million in funding with an inferior program called “Out of School Time” or OST administered by the Department for Youth and Community Development. OST, which only offers after-school care for children, is simply not a viable option for most yeshiva parents and children, primarily because there are very few existing OST programs in the Jewish community and no plans by DYCD to contract for new OST sites.

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Two weeks ago, 44 members of the Council sent a letter to the Mayor asking him to completely restore funding to child care. Last week, Councilman Greenfield had a frank exchange with OMB Director Mark Page at a budget hearing and demanded a restoration of funding that would make child care viable for the frum community. Erev Shavuos there was a major press conference at City Hall with leaders from across New York City to publicly press for restoration of child care and, on Monday, 15 members of the Council sent a letter to Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs demanding that she make child care options available for the frum community. All of these efforts have made child care one of the top budget priorities in New York City, but yeshiva and elected leaders believe more must done.

“The unity of the community around this issue is remarkable and is certainly sending a message to Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and the rest of the Bloomberg administration that the Jewish community in New York City will not sit idly by as our child care is decimated,” noted Councilman Greenfield. “This is an uphill battle. But, if we do our hishtadlus as a community and keep these calls coming, I am hopeful that we will see progress.” 

Community leaders have asked everyone to call (800) 930-6605 at least once a day for the next week to be connected directly to Deputy Mayor Gibbs’ office. The suggested script for callers is as follows:

“Hi. My name is ______________________.  I am calling to ask you to restore full funding to ACS child care. The Mayor’s proposed child care cuts will hurt all communities but especially the Jewish community which will not be served by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs new child care plan. Thank you.”



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 Jun 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM Anonymous Says:

The ACS program is a handout that should be eliminated entirely, not just for the frum neighborhoods. Its time for yidden to stand for self-reliance as we always have. Our fathers and grandparents in Europe were never on welfare from the local town or provincial government. We took care of our own. Stop spending money we don't have. Cuomo correctly rejected any tax increases. Now its time to cut taxes and give families more control over their own money so they don't have to beg for tzadakah from the City.

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM KevinTheMevin Says:

agree with #1

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM Anonymous Says:

What is this child care? Why does it only affect the frum community?

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM Hocker411 Says:

There are people out there that really depend on this subsidy, maybe we should tell tomche shabbos to stop handing out free food to the needy as well. I love people who have it all knock the ones who don't

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM YidelfromBP Says:

Can anyone explain why the Council can't just reject the Budget the way it is now! And only vote for it when the mayor restores the 90 million for the ACS Child care program? Just like they did when they voted against the mayors proposal to pay for Parking meters on Sundays ?

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM Anomymous Says:

#1. Entitlements are an essential element of our society. Im ahknee lo mellee.....

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

The ACS program is a handout that should be eliminated entirely, not just for the frum neighborhoods. Its time for yidden to stand for self-reliance as we always have. Our fathers and grandparents in Europe were never on welfare from the local town or provincial government. We took care of our own. Stop spending money we don't have. Cuomo correctly rejected any tax increases. Now its time to cut taxes and give families more control over their own money so they don't have to beg for tzadakah from the City.

Great!

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
YidelfromBP Says:

Can anyone explain why the Council can't just reject the Budget the way it is now! And only vote for it when the mayor restores the 90 million for the ACS Child care program? Just like they did when they voted against the mayors proposal to pay for Parking meters on Sundays ?

Because the majority of the council will not reject the entire budget on this issue which is of interest to only a tiny percentage of their constituents. Why don't these people take care of their own families rather than demanding that your taxes and mine should subsidize them??

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 03:32 PM whateverworks Says:

its about time that our community starts to realize that kids today cost way more than it did in the alte heim & before you have them make sure you can afford them. get yourself some education & a skill to earn your own money so that you don't need govt handouts. tomchie shabbos is a community based program & it doesn't effect our taxes. the acs programs effect our taxes so yes, those of us who can afford it complain because at the end of the day it is my tax dollors that pay for your govt handouts...

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 Jun 15, 2011 at 04:36 PM Solution to the budget Says:

If you realy want to save money and get a better education, just give 1/3 of the money used for public schools as a voucher directly to the parents to use for school. Each public school child cost about $15,000 per year! Our budget problems would be solved!

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