Westchester legislators move to keep child care contribution at 20 percent


The Westchester Board of Legislators Community Services Committee passed out legislation Thursday to keep the parent contribution to the cost of subsidized child care at 20 percent of income above the poverty line and to require legislative approval before any change in family share.

Legislators are also asking the state to amend the New York State Social Services Law so that changes to the parental share of day care services cannot be made without the approval of the Westchester Board of Legislators.

Westchester Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire moved to increase the parent share at the beginning of April from 20 percent to 35 percent of income above the poverty line. Once a comment period is complete on May 14, McGuire can ask the state for final approval of the increase. (Read a story on the move here.)

“It’s going to create a great deal of hardship,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams, D-Greenburgh, the chairwoman of the Community Services Committee.

McGuire argued that parents need to contribute more to makeup a shortfall in the program. The county is contributing $4.3 million this year to the $30.4 million program.

Williams said she asked McGuire to return to the committee with more detailed first quarter financial information before taking any action and his actions fly in the face of the committee’s request.


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  1. If you want to have babies, pay for your own babysitters. What’s next, subsidized robots in county cars with subsidized toilet paper to come to your house and wipe your…?

  2. Astorini should just start sending out his resumes now for gigs on biased news channels or radio talk shows since his true calling is chat, public appearances, discussion, sports banter, and other hot air since he has no qualification for the position he was mistakenly elected to in 2008

    He has also show he has no concern for poor people who are working and paying taxes and would prefer they just go away or pass away

    If Westchester concerned voters get off their hind quarters to vote in 2013 this mistake will be corrected

  3. Is the Birth Certificate is optional or any new developments?… THIS is “castard”! NO DOUBT the Machine Towns in Rockland County have been turned into Bars…And, We Enjoy the Custards!

    No doubt, eating Custard for 18 Years…Why not say ” America Changes”!…

    HABIBHASAN- An American Storyteller

  4. Blue Light Special: Astorino is miles more popular among voters than Andy S ever was, and Andy hung around 12 years. Be prepared or move.

  5. Astorino has yet to face re-election. His mandate was a Tired-of-Andy-Spano vote. We’ll see if he has the staying power.

  6. The Guy in Town of Orangetowm…lost with 200 Votes! he was a Saddam Hussian of AN American Local Government! Violation of Our Country’s Law and Practices! Boy! How shameful it is to loose with 200 Votes!

    Can you imagine!

    HABIBHASAN-AN American Storyteller