County youth programs face further cuts

NORWICH – Recreational programs and other services for Chenango County’s children would face a 12.5 percent funding cut under New York State Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget for 2011.

Youth Bureau Director Kathy Clemens said bureaus across the state had already lost 28.5 percent since the governor took office.

“I’m just going to say it. The cuts made in the state ... . If you look across the board, it’s the general population that’s getting the money taken away from them,” said Clemens.

The combined Youth Bureau budget for the county and the municipalities it serves is $100,000. Clemens, who earns an annual salary of $27,800, is the Chenango County department’s only employee.

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