WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The nonprofit organizations of both Nonprofit Westchester and County Coalitions have joined forces to launch a new campaign, #KeepWestchesterThriving, to urge the county to restore cuts in the proposed 2016 budget.
Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) and Coalitions represent hundreds of nonprofit agencies throughout the county announced during a recent press conference that the County is likely to eliminate significant funding for nonprofits in the $1.8 billion proposed budget.
“The cuts in County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2016 budget impact the fabric of our community,” said Joanna Straub, Executive Director of NPW.
“The proposed budget calls for major cuts to funding for many services that are essential for Westchester to thrive. It is our job as citizens to advocate for our community so that everyone can reach their full potential and fully contribute to the community.” Kathy Halas, NPW board chairwoman and the executive director for the Child Care Council of Westchester said. She added that “the fundamental well-being of Westchester is at stake. We are advocating for restoration of the proposed cuts in order to ensure that we can keep Westchester thriving.”
The elimination of important services ultimately weaken the fabric of the community and jeopardize Westchester’s standing as a leader, Straub said.
“Westchester’s ability to thrive would be weakened in ways that are obvious right now – like unfilled positions and program cutbacks – but also in ways that we might not see for years to come. A community that is carefully constructed to foster wellbeing anticipates and prevents bigger, more expensive problems in the future,” Straub said.
Concerned citizens rallied in support of nonprofits to restore funds for all agencies affected. Representatives from various coalitions spoke during the press conference.
The represented nonprofits encourage residents to attend the next county budget hearing on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Legislators Office , 148 Martine Avenue, 8th floor in White Plains.