Some good news out of Albany today: the Senate and Assembly have both restored the funding for New York City’s homeless shelters that Governor Paterson proposed cutting earlier this year.
However, yesterday New York City Budget Director, Mark Page, sent a letter to all agency heads ordering another round of City budget cuts, amounting to 7.2% per agency (excluding uniformed forces and the Department of Education). This would be the eighth time in the past two years that City has issued across-the-board cuts.
This latest round is in preparation for potential cuts that the State is currently trying to finalize. Whether or not some of these cuts may go through is still in question, but regardless it will be a rough year for NYC agencies.
It’s unclear how this new request for cuts will affect the Department of Homeless Services.