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Advocates Call for Keeping Funding for Adult Literacy Classes On the Books

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hundreds of advocates say they want the city to keep funding for adult literacy classes on the books.

More than 250 students, teachers and advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall to push Mayor Bill de Blasio to re-up $12 million dollars in funding.

The NYC Coalition for Adult Literacy says the mayor did not renew funds for English language and high school equivalency prep classes in his most recent budget.

Critics say the courses are critical for the city's future.

"If New York City wants to be prosperous in the next generation, we have to make sure that everyone, in all five boroughs, in every community, has a chance to contribute," said Tom Hilliard, senior researcher at the Center for an Urban Future.

It's for myself. It's for my daughter. It's for get a better job and contribute to this country," said one person at the rally.

"We're not just talking about our immigrants. We're talking about all New Yorkers getting access to education so that they can unlock their full potential," said City Councilman Carlos Menchaca of Brooklyn.

Advocates say more than 2 million New Yorkers are in need of adult literacy classes.

Nora Moran on Fox5: Senior Centers Could Close

Friday, March 03, 2017

Many senior citizens in New York City have serious reason to be concerned. If there are no changes made to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal, 65 senior centers in the city could be forced to close. The budget calls for redirecting $17 million in federal funding for the centers to child care services.

Six-thousand older adults are at risk of losing out on daily meals, social services, health care and other vital amenities including social interaction.

The mayor's office responded by saying: "We are disappointed that thousands of New York City seniors remain at risk of losing vital services. We are committed to working with state legislators to ensure that Title XX funding is restored in the enacted budget."

The final budget is due April 1.

The state Division of the Budget said in a statement: "We are directing Title XX funds to child care while increasing total funding to New York City by $400 million."

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