2009-06-19 / Top Stories

City Council Fights Again For Community Board Funds

Council Member David Yassky, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Eric Ulrich, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at a recent community board rally. Council Member David Yassky, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Eric Ulrich, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at a recent community board rally. City Council Member Eric Ulrich gathered with more than 300 community activists at City Hall to protest the proposed budget cuts to community boards throughout New York City.

"These budget cuts would be devastating to our hardworking community boards and they must be stopped. In tough times like these, we need our community boards now more than ever," said Ulrich.

The proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2010 would mean a decrease of $35,000 for each of the city's 59 community boards. "Community boards are the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods. They consist of dedicated volunteers, professionals and community activists who truly make a difference with their knowledge and expertise. These cuts would have a devastating impact upon the boards' ability to function," said Ulrich. "In my district, I work closely with Community Boards #9, #10 and #14. Before I entered the City Council I served on Community Board #9. I know first-hand how vital and instrumental community boards truly are." Joining Councilman Ulrich at the protest were Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr., Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, as well as other council members.

"We made our voices heard in last year's budget battle concerning our community boards, and we will do the same again this year," Ulrich declared.

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