Influential Assembly Committee Chairs Secure Restorations for Essential Services for Neediest New Yorkers
Leaders within the New York State Assembly ensure that programs serving New York’s most vulnerable were protected.
April 2, 2009
Assembly Children and Families Committee Chair William Scarborough, Assembly Labor Committee Chair Susan John and Assembly Social Services Committee Chair Keith Wright today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget provides critical resources for New York’s most vulnerable communities. Following Assembly passage of the budget earlier this week, the lawmakers said the legislation was aimed at helping the working poor, disadvantaged youth and the most vulnerable of New York survive from the crushing economic recession facing the State. “It was important that this year’s budget reflect our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the children of New York State by providing families and caregivers with the resources they need. Despite the impact of the economic downturn on New York, it is essential that New York continue in our moral obligation to the health, safety and welfare. Children need to grow up in a stable, loving family environment and in the homes where that is not the case, we must provide the help that struggling families need,” said Scarborough. Family and Youth Services The passage of the 2009-2010 state budget will include significant investments to help New York’s Neediest families and disadvantaged youth with:
- $403.9 million for child care of which, $356.3 million was carved out of the executive’s Flexible Fund for Family Services towards subsidies;
- $36.7 million for the increase in market rate for child care providers;
- $97 million from the federal stimulus for child care, which will be spent over two years; and
- $10.9 million for facilitated enrollment demonstration projects for child care in New York City, the Capital Region, and Monroe County.