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Day Care Programs Among Expected Cuts In Mayor's New Budget

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While teacher cuts are off the table and a major corruption settlement has filled city coffers, deep cuts are expected for child care and other youth services from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new budget. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to release a nearly $70 billion dollar budget proposal on Thursday. Teachers cuts are off the table and revenue from the tourism industry and from film and TV production are up. Tax dollars from Wall Street may be down, but a huge settlement with a CityTime contractor has filled the gap.

Even with that, Bloomberg's 11th budget proposal could still be a tough sell.

"We remain concerned, as we have been for many years, about any proposals to shutter fire companies or ladder companies or firehouses and there is also significant cuts in other youth services programs," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"The budget hasn't been as terrible as it has been these last couple of years. But some of these cuts are still going to be very detrimental to people," said City Comptroller John Liu.

While some officials may be optimistic that this year's budget may be better than years past, programs at child care centers like Brooklyn Community Service are still at risk.

"We're looking at 47,000 children citywide potentially losing access to those programs, which means those families, again, can be driven to make either difficult choices about their children or to leave the workforce, neither of which provides the economic development the administration is aiming for," said Marla Simpson of Brooklyn Community Service.

Parents potentially searching for daycare may have nowhere else to turn.

"It's very difficult to have the stress of Mayor Bloomberg having the budget cuts," said parent Shaniqua McClam. "Because you tend to worry and not being able to sleep at night. You know your kids are close to your heart and if you don't have anywhere to have them during the day you tend to worry whether you will be able to keep your job."

It is a fate that parents, children and firefighters will find out on Thursday.

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