Westchester moves to raise parent share of subsidized day care after lawsuit dismissed

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The Westchester Department of Social Services has moved for the second time this year to increase the cost to parents of subsidized day care.

The county has published a public notice requesting comments on a plan to increase the parent share from 20 percent of income above the poverty line to 35 percent as of Nov. 1. At the same time, the day care subsidy programs are all being frozen as of 5 p.m. Tuesday because of lack of funding, according to the notice. The freeze does not apply to guaranteed programs such as those for families receiving Temporary Assistance.

The first effort to raise the parent share to 35 percent was postponed when the Board of Legislators sued and was granted a stay to the increase. But the lawsuit was dismissed in August, clearing the way for the increase to take effect. The board has appealed.

DSS officials have said the increase is necessary because child care programs were underfunded. Democratic legislators have disputed the numbers.

The deadline for comments is 10 a.m. on Oct. 22. They can be sent to Katherine Waluschka, Associate Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Social Services, 112 East Post Road, Room 523, White plains, NY 10601.

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  1. Same old, same old. Another new blog name from the usual suspect. “On the job?” Hmm. Disgruntled cop who isn’t getting enough padded pension, double dipping, disability, lifetime health care etc., etc.

  2. Deadline for comments is 10 a.m. on Oct. 22. They can be sent to convicted felon Senator Leibell crooked sister in law Katherine Waluschka, Associate Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Social Services, 112 East Post Road, Room 523, White plains, NY 10601.

  3. There’s nothing wrong with giving low-income mothers some help to keep them at work. If the County can afford to give multi-million dollar tax breaks to big companies like Pepsi (which cut hundreds of jobs here this year), then it should be able to support our working poor. Count your blessings and open your hearts to what other people are going through, friends.

  4. “f the poor” and his other aliases are finally smoked out. As suspected, a Disgruntled former city “worker.” Enjoy your fish. Probably carp to go along with your personality. On the other hand, if your fishing is anything like your probable “service to the people,” you won’t catch anything.

  5. Not only am I not bald, nor “ned,” I am probably the only one who reads these blogs who thinks you’re sometimes funny. I see that some of your more heinous comments have been expurgated, and you are going the way of Haberdasharian, or whatever his name was. Know it was not I who complained, but you have someone upset, obviously. Fry your fish.