budget cuts

Bayside Beacon program saved
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/02/2013 at 2:42PM

A beloved Bayside Beacon program has survived yet another year of budget cuts. The City Council fully restored next year’s funding to the after-school enrichment program at M.S. 158 Marie Curie. It was slated for closure, just as it was last year when the Department of Youth and Community Development tried to shut down seven [...]

State Legislature restores cuts for disabled services
News Maggie Hayes 6/26/2013 at 4:57PM

It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was [...]

After budget cuts, legislative package aims to help disabled
News Maggie Hayes 6/11/2013 at 3:42PM

In the wake of a significant budget cut to programs for developmentally disabled people, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide such individuals with more security. A budget amendment enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo cut 4.5 percent of state funding for organizations that help disabled individuals live healthy and independent lifestyles. Now, advocates both in and [...]

Mayor’s budget could cut Borough President staff by half
Mayor’s budget could cut Borough President staff by half
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/16/2013 at 3:37PM

Half the staff at Borough Hall could get pink slips if cuts proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg go through. Borough President Helen Marshall’s office is expected to receive about $3.14 million in funding for the 2014 fiscal year—nearly $1.8 million less than last year—officials announced at Marshall’s Borough Board meeting on Monday, May 13. If [...]

Officials to fight Queens Library cuts
Officials to fight Queens Library cuts
Top Stories Maggie Hayes 5/08/2013 at 11:10AM

The city’s executive budget includes $100 million in cuts to libraries across all five boroughs, slashing $29.6 million from Queens libraries alone. “If that proposal were to become reality, the impact [is] unthinkable,” said Thomas Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library. The cut marks a 35-percent decrease from current funding, will cause 428 layoffs, [...]

Program directors say restored funds for disabled not enough
News Maggie Hayes 4/12/2013 at 3:21PM

The looming cuts to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have been restored, but only by a fraction. Initially, the state’s budget called for a total slash of $240 million from OPWDD services, but the final budget gave back $30 million. Program administrators say this is still not enough. “The challenge our industry [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 2/28/2013 at 7:52AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 46. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. EVENT OF THE DAY: Comedy Show Featuring Lisa Corrao Middle-school-teacher-turned-comedian Lisa Corrao, [...]

Queens hit hardest by food bank cuts
Queens hit hardest by food bank cuts
News Alexa Altman 8/22/2012 at 1:17PM

Soup kitchen and food pantry cuts, spread across the five boroughs, may leave less-fortunate New Yorkers hungry. Due to federal budget cuts in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city lost 11 million meals over the past year. That is a 40 percent decrease in the amount of [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Liam La Guerre 6/04/2012 at 7:27AM

  Intrepid-Bound Space Shuttle Enterprise Sails Through New York Harbor The Space Shuttle Enterprise set off on a barge Sunday morning from John F. Kennedy Airport to sail to New Jersey. The shuttle prototype was lifted from a JFK hanger onto a barge on Saturday, and the barge set off from the airport just before [...]

Queens firehouses in danger
Queens firehouses in danger
News Billy Rennison 5/30/2012 at 10:00AM

Politicians, civic leaders and firefighters rallied recently in Queens to prevent 20 fire companies from going up in smoke. Dozens gathered on Tuesday, May 29 outside Engine 294 in Richmond Hill, one the 20 fire companies that may close due to budget cuts, including students from nearby P.S. 273. The children, brandishing signs, led the [...]