Hundreds Protest Bloomberg’s Budget Outside City Hall

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Demonstrators chanted “put it back” Thursday morning as they gathered on the steps of City Hall protesting cuts of $300 million to social service programs set forth in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preliminary budget proposal.

“We’re here because we need help,” Nicole Rizzo, a single mother, said. “I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t steal anybody’s food, I didn’t go to jail. My situation in life happened, the recession happened, look at me – this means that losing everything could be for anybody.”

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Annabel Palma calls the cuts “atrocious” and “devastating”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and council members pledged to fight to restore the funds warning that the cuts take away critical resources to help children and the homeless.

Shawn Thomas said she received a letter from the Administration of Child Services last month stating that in September, due to service cuts, her seven children will no longer be able to attend child care.

“I can’t go to work if my daughters and sons have nowhere safe to go during the day,” Thomas said. “I can’t take my child to work with me and I won’t be able to afford food and rent if I don’t have a job.”

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Annabel Palma, Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on General Welfare, called the cuts an “assault on our working families and our most vulnerable citizens.”

“These cuts are atrocious, these cuts dig into the core of what we need to do as New Yorkers to survive,” Palma said. “We need shelter, we need to make sure that our families are kept safe…The cuts to child care are devastating.”

She warned that the cuts could cost lives and promised an all out fight.

Ianthe Cupid, of Brooklyn, acknowledges that ACS Homemaking Services have been vital to keeping her family together.

“I used to work as a school bus driver, but have been unable to work since losing my leg in an accident about two years ago,” said Cupid. “Since the accident, I’ve had trouble getting around and caring for my three children, forcing me to rely on ACS Homemaking Services. If these cuts go through and I lose my Homemaker, I don’t know how I’ll be able to care for my kids.”

Under the proposed budget plan, ACS would be forced to close 197 classrooms and eliminate 2,800 family provider slots.

The Department of Homeless Services and the HIV/AIDS Services Administration will also lose several programs and millions in funds according to the preliminary budget proposal.

Student, labor and community groups were to hold a “State Of Emergency Protest: Day Of Rage Against The Cuts” rally Thursday afternoon outside City Hall.

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  • Al the Electrician

    no comment on Glass-Steagall at all

  • Shameel Arafin

    Photos from the march later in the day: Photos:

    • Katrina Manekas

      if children are put out on the streets because we lost the voucher programs what are we telling our children we tell them to go to school and do well how is it possible if they dont have a safe place to live im so worried about my 2 grandchildren and thousands of other children and the dissabled what will if kids are put out on the streets there will be riots and that is jus for starters ny ppl have had it being kicked it the ass i know i have enough we piut those politions in office lets inpeach them lord knows we have that power so im saying lets use it and come together nyc ppl

  • Franks

    For those complaining about the woman with 7 kids that you’re stereotyping as a welfare queen, think about this for a moment:

    When it was started in the US in the early 20th century, the income tax was only to be paid by the top wealth, not anyone below. In the 1950s, tax on the top 1% was 91% on everything over 100,000.00. In 1970, the tax on the same top 1% was 70%. It’s now 35%. Corporations used to pay the largest portion of taxes. They now pay one quarter of total US taxes.

    This is where the state revenue is disappearing and where the unfairness lies. You think it’s going into the pockets of this woman with 7 kids.

    Putting taxes on the top wealth back where they were under Clinton, at 39%, and collecting the NY Stock Exchange Transaction Tax would eliminate the deficit and create a surplus.

    • katrina manekas

      my name is katrina my 15 year old daughter had to go back to acs as a result of the vouchers being stoped and im in a horrible womans shelter the city must this or many children will be out on the streets we all have the right to the american dream

    • Alain Lareau

      Hi Franks

      Do you stand in Solidarity with me to reestablish the 1933 Glass-Steagall
      firewall in the banks, that was taken down in 1999.
      The housing mess and the Derivative Swindle could
      not have been possible without first this take down.
      The TARP was a swindle.

      I need reverberation on this point.

      Reinstating Glass-Steagall would push Wall St and their toxic assets in to the harbor. That would cut about five trill from the budget and there would be no need to close a school or a fire house, etc.
      It’s them or us, what do you say?

      I need reverberation on this point.

      best regrds

  • Truthbetold

    Your not helping anyone by condemning them and the children that are already here. Just one program can make a difference in her children’s lives and the fact that she IS working and paying taxes gives her the same rights as anyone else.. Saying they are going to end up in jail,is so stereotypical and elitist of all of you. I’m quite sure not one of you have a miniscule of compassion in your bones. You obviously have a good life so,that makes it ok to trample on those less fortunate then you. With your good lives and common sense,one thing you obviously don’t have is common decency,and compassion, and If anyone should be ashamed, it’s YOU! May God have mercy on your souls.

  • ken

    Our money goes to financing WAR, rewarding Wall Street and evil Bankers for destroying our country. Corporate greed and the interesst of the super rich are killing us and we allow it to happen by supporting politicians who care more about the lobbyist and corporate greed.

  • james

    you child and woman haters are so stupid. You don’t think it benefits YOU and everyone if you neighbors are well-fed, well-educated, and good citizens? Very short-sighted, I don’t have any kids and am grateful that children can get a free education. I don’t want to live in city full of ignorant and impoverished people. That lowers everyone’s quality of life.And why the hell do millionaires a get a break when children dont.

  • dave

    No money for these programs but they have millions of dollars to change signs for name change on triboro bridge or change street signs from upper case letters to lower case letters. Makes no sense.

  • nyc

    Tooo many hand outs in New York !! I personaly watch a well dressed young man outside begging for money everyday.The benefits and housing he receives is more money then if he was working ! Makes no sense.

  • Suzan

    Seven kids? Not only where is Daddy? where are the Grandparents and other family members?

  • CReason

    I’m with the above, 7 kids, hello – get fixed if birth control doesn’t work and you can’t afford them. Why should we have to pay for her 7 kids when we made responsible decisions about the number of kids we had.

  • L. Power

    Seven kids and no money. She should have though about this after the first. Seven kids doesn’t just happen.

  • SNC

    uhh…wait…SEVEN kids????????

    I am having trouble with TWO and I don’t receive any benefits.

  • danalynn

    I truely understand how scared everyone is. they need these programs b/c they depended on them for so long. But where the hell are the Fathers to these kids? This one woman has 7 kids??? come on use a condom and your head, if you can’t afford to take care of these kids don’t have them or so many. If your working all the time where did you find the time to have 7 kids geezzz. What have we’ve learned all these years ? nothing changes it gets worse and worse out there. No education or common sense.

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