Nonprofits say Westchester County 2013 budget cuts will hurt county in long run


Here is a statement from Nonprofit Westchester, which represents more than 5,000 groups in the county, on the county’s 2013 budget:

Tarrytown, NY, December 10, 2012: The budget signed by the County Executive last Friday will severely compromise the nonprofit sector. This budget cuts millions of dollars in funding to a wide range of organizations, including those that provide food to the hungry, legal services to those experiencing domestic violence, health care to the working poor, and arts programs for disadvantaged communities.

Nonprofits provide vital services that support services for hundreds of thousands of county residents at a lower cost than government and the private sector. Ultimately the county wins from having a strong, caring and quality response mechanism in place.

While government grants are not the primary source of revenue for most nonprofits, many organizations have suffered repeated cuts year after year and are already in a strained position. Nonprofits will have no choice but to cut essential services to those who need them most; some organizations may be forced to cease operations all together.

A budget that further weakens the nonprofit sector lacks a strategic focus and remains a short term fix, doing greater damage to the county in the long run. This budget has been hailed as a compromise. A truly compromise budget would take into consideration the needs, capabilities and vulnerabilities of this important sector.

About Nonprofit Westchester: The nonprofit sector is comprised of over 5,000 organizations in Westchester who collectively employ nearly 100,000 people. Nonprofit Westchester advocates on behalf of nonprofits and works to improve public awareness and build the capacity of nonprofits in our community. Learn more at


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  1. This is so flat out inaccurate that it really makes me question the veracity of other statements from the good people at Nonprofit Westchester. The bi-partisan, compromise, coalition budget that was negotiated by 2 Democrats and 7 Republican members of the Board of Legislators does NOT hurt non-profits in Westchester…it restores vital funding to a number of programs and organizations that County Executive Astorino had slashed in his proposed budget. The coalition budget reduces the parent-share of subsidized childcare from 35% to 27% a increase of $4mil for taxpayers over what the CE would have gotten. ArtsWestchester now has its funding restored to $1.25mil in the coalition budget!!! Cornell Cooperative’s funding was restored to $800,000 which is more money than they even spent last year. New funding has been provided for legal services for immigrants, seniors and veterans. The non-profit sector is vitally important as partners to government in delivering service to the most vulnerable in our communities and this coalition budget serves precisely those objectives. Ms Straub’s dishonest portrayal of how this budget impacts Westchester’s non-profits is a disservice to our residents, her membership and Politics on the Hudson readers.

  2. Matt Richter: one of the political hacks who survived the renegade budget and has his freebie job safe for another year.

    What a self serving statement from someone who is among the chosen few who gets freebies and then slams the ones who speak the truth.

    Shame his position was not axed with the others who populate the Astorino relection campaign from the county taxpayer payroll and benefits gravy train.

  3. Nice spin, Matt.
    The “coalition” budget increases the family-share for child care subsidies from 20% to 27%, an extra $700 per year for folks making about $30K. ArtsW funding will be over $700K than last year (many of their grant recipients are getting about $5-10K a year–they’ll now get zippo). The Administration withheld the Cornell money for so long they lost out on a lot of matching grants from the state. The “new funding” is the result of entirely wiping out all of the funding in the Board of Legislators’ additions. The real dollar amounts are way less than what the Board was asking for in terms of seniors, vets and immigrant services.
    What about Astorino’s insistence on keeping 54 patronage jobs, at an average of $97K a year (!!!) per job, which the so-called “coalition” supported? Where’s your spin on that, Matt? Before you start calling people “dishonest,” please rember one thing: You can’t hide from the truth.

  4. Cut Matthew Richter, Britta Vander Linden, and Lindsay Jackson from the county budget; Three political operatives who are working on spin, campaign work and not any instance of Westchester business but are collecting a taxpayer salary and benefits while spending all day laughing and chit chatting.

    AKA Pork