Day care aid vanishes for thousands of parents in Suffolk

AMITYVILLE - Funding for subsidized child care has been cut once again in Suffolk County, sending hundreds of parents scrambling to figure out how they'll foot the bill alone. The cuts have lowered eligibility levels so that families earning more than $27,000 no longer qualify for child care assistance. Wyandanch mother Mayra Ortiz says her family of five no longer qualifies for the subsidy. Without assistance, her day care costs will jump from $80 per week to nearly $1,000 per week, she says. Suffolk's Department of Social Services Commissioner Greg Blass says it's worse for Suffolk than it is for Nassau County. The Cuomo administration has cut back the funding in some counties while increasing it for others, he says.Blass says he's meeting with state legislators next month to try and find an emergency stopgap to help families in need.

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