It has been about a month since the Bloomberg administration has announced it will make a 50% cut of $1.5 million to youth shelter bed programs in New York City. Funny thing is that this month it was also announced that New York City will see a budget surplus of $1.7 billion. Oh and you know that CityTime scandal that lost the city $80 million? Yeah, Bloomberg insists there is no turning back and the city must continue to spend money on the project with no accountability. So maybe someone can enlighten me on why exactly New York City's homeless children were picked to lose 50% of their funding mid-fiscal year.
In September, presidential candidate hopeful Michael Bloomberg appeared on NBC News “Education Nation” summit to announce corporate programs and initiatives to improve New York City’s school system. Not more than two months later the heavily controversial appointment of corporate executive Cathie Black as school chancellor was announced. With a Mayor and a city that believes in “No Child Left Behind” and with all these efforts to partner with corporations and business executives to run the city school system like a Fortune 500 company, how can such smart business people miss such a simple truth? How exactly do
Mayor Michael Bloomberg needs to be shamed; he cannot silently get away with allowing our kids die, or simply live, on these streets. We must stand up and be the voices and the strength for our community's MOST disenfranchised. We must demand that our kids get a fair shake at life. There are alternative budget cuts that are more appropriate, there is also additional funding that can be recovered by landlords that collect rent from the city without any official contracts. If you are interested in taking action in New York City, please email me at: Natasha.Equality@gmail.com