**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Contact: Barbara Sherman (212) 788-7081
Council Member Letitia James Statement on Preliminary Budget Cuts
(New York, NY)— “It concerns me that Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget reflects drastic cuts to the most vulnerable— the children of New York City— in proposed slashes to public schools and after-school programs, as well as the reduction of thousands of city-financed child-care slots. This would have a detrimental effect on the quality of our city’s education system, and to the working families who depend on child care.
The administration’s proposed budget would also result in the closing of 20 fire houses, and other essential services that all New Yorkers depend on. I will be working with my colleagues in the City Council, and other stakeholders, to ensure these vital services are not cut.”