NYN Media Insights Podcast: Close to Home under threat in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget


Stephanie Gendell of Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, discusses the nonprofit's objections to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for the upcoming year. (Illustration by Zach Williams/ NYN Media)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed budget in January for the upcoming fiscal year. The state budget process always involves competing priorities, but this year many nonprofits are fighting back by lobbying the state to invest more in the sector. Some of these organizations like the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York find themselves in an even bigger fight. Gov. Cuomo has proposed cutting all state funding to Close to Home, a program that places juvenile offenders in facilities near their neighborhoods rather than imprisoning them far away from the family and community support that can help them stay out of a lifetime of crime.

Stephanie Gendell joined us to discuss this program and what the budget proposal means for New York nonprofits overall. She's the associate executive director of policy and advocacy at the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York.

New York Nonprofit Media regularly interviews nonprofit leaders to discuss their professional experience, lessons learned, perspectives on the industry and more. To recommend a candidate, contact reporter Zach Williams at zwilliams@nynmedia.com.    

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