2003-05-09 / Front Page

Smith Supports Full Funding For Health Programs

Smith Supports Full Funding For Health Programs

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith urged his colleagues to resist proposals currently being considered that would reduce State monies for public health programs administered through New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

These public health activities (known as "Article VI") include HIV/AIDS services, day care inspection, poison control, and immunization efforts. The proposed cuts would be retroactive on January 1, 2003 and would immediately impact these services.

"At this crucial time when the health and well-being of the residents of New York City are being notably threatened, vital programs that serve the needs of our community and enhance our overall quality of life must be adequately funded," Smith said. "These cuts, which would endanger the safety of our day care centers, drastically diminish immunization activities, and severely reduce funding for AIDS/HIV and other important public health programs, would constitute a grave disservice to the people of this city."

According to Smith, the proposed cuts in matching funds would represent a 30 percent reduction in the State’s support for New York City’s public health programs, which would translate into a sizeable reduction in services provided by DOHMH.

"Without these matching funds, critical public health programs will be severely compromised or eliminated altogether at a time when they are especially needed," said Smith. "I am committed to fighting to ensure that these vital programs are adequately funded, and that the health and safety of New Yorkers is not compromised."

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