Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Buffalo, NY – On Thursday, June 24th, the Erie County Legislature voted to pass a resolution requiring County Executive Chris Collins to release full funding for summer youth programs to the amount budgeted by the Legislature for 2010.
Operation Primetime is a program that provides funding to community based organizations that provide activities to youth throughout the long summer months. Historically the funds have been a combination of state and county dollars. Last year, in anticipation of the State budget crisis, the Erie County Legislature in the adopted 2010 budget raised the County's contribution to the program from $200,000 to $400,000.
When the Administration sent over the contracts for those community organizations to receive Operation Primetime dollars for approval the total contracted amount was only $200,000.
"The adopted budget allocates $400,000 for these important summer programs," explained Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District). "We are now asking the County Executive to restore the full funding and provide money to all of the organizations that requested funds through the application process for the summer of 2010."
"The County Executive had his opportunity to voice his objections to the funding of this program in his veto message about the 2010 budget last year, and he did not do that," argued Majority Leader Maria Whyte (D-Buffalo, 6th District). "we are now insisting that he uphold the adopted County budget, to provide the full funding for this vital program that invests in the youth of Erie County."
"Youth funding programs are vital to our mission as county government and are reflected by the priorities asked by our constituents." said Legislator Lynn Marinelli (D-Tonawanda, 11th District).
Operation Primetime dollars are allocated to agencies throughout Erie County that provide both recreational and educational components to young people during the summer.