Youth recreation programs could be in jeopardy

NORWICH – Chenango County Youth Bureau Director Kathryn J. Clemens expressed concern that a proposed state funding formula linking the bureau to the county’s Social Services department may lead to the end of every recreation program offered to youths.

New York State Governor David Paterson has proposed linking bureau funding with a Youth Programs Block Grant for the social services department. Specifically, mandated funding for juvenile detention could be consolidated with non-mandated funding for Big Brother Big Sister, school-based counseling via Catholic Charities, an aquatic training program with the Norwich Family YMCA, the Oxford Youth Center, and all recreational programs.

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