MILL NECK - Long Island schools for the deaf say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) proposed education cuts would severely impact them and could possibly force them to close.

School officials at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf say if the governor?s proposed budget does go through, their ability to provide specialized services for students could be in jeopardy.

They say the school gets almost all of its $8 million budget directly from the state, money that Cuomo wants to eliminate and put the financial responsibility onto local school districts instead.

There are three schools for the deaf on Long Island that would be affected and a total of 11 across the state.

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