Group asks County Exec. Mangano to restore HIV hotline funding

The Long Island Association for AIDS Care stands to lose some critical funding due to cuts to Nassau County's budget and it is urging the

WOODBURY - The Long Island Association for AIDS Care stands to lose some critical funding due to cuts to Nassau County's budget and it is urging the county executive to make sure it doesn't happen.

The organization runs the region's only professionally staffed, bilingual hotline for HIV and AIDS support, which is said to help about 12,000 people a year.

Officials at the organization have asked County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) to keep funding the hotline, saying that if it closes, people will have nowhere to turn to.

"Please restore our funding 100 percent," says Leslie Dewrance-Doucet, of the Long Island Association for AIDS Care. "Nassau County residents need you, and they really depend on these services."

A spokesperson for Mangano says property taxes won't be raised to fund outside organizations at a time when residents are struggling to make ends meet.

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