From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget is not as benign as it appears, according to Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
Senior centers, firehouses and programs for children remain on the chopping block, she said.
“Deep cuts are on the horizon because funding restored by the City Council will be eliminated,” Marshall said Monday at the start of a day-long hearing at Queens Borough Hall.
Representatives from community boards, cultural organizations, nonprofit groups and colleges argued for their piece of the budget pie.
Marshall and her aides use the testimony to help shape her budget priorities.
But Marshall will also have to do her own lobbying. She said $1.6 million of borough president discretionary funding was not included in the mayor’s budget.
“Without it, six senior centers will close, four adult day care centers, transportation programs will cease and much more,” she said.
The Council can restore those funds during budget negotiations with the Bloomberg Administration.