Nassau social agencies caught in crosshairs brace for cuts

Dozens of social service groups that rely on funding from Nassau County are bracing for deep cuts because of a stand-off over a borrowing plan.Among

BELLMORE - Dozens of social service groups that rely on funding from Nassau County are bracing for deep cuts because of a stand-off over a borrowing plan.Among the agencies caught in the crosshairs is Nassau's only 24-hour suicide prevention center, which fields about 10,000 calls per year. It's run by a nonprofit group called the LI Crisis Center, made up of mostly volunteers. The center gets most of its funding from the county, and County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) is threatening major budget cuts.As News 12 Long Island has reported, the county Legislature is deadlocked along party lines about how to pay for $40 million worth of tax refunds owed to local residents and businesses. Mangano and Republican legislators want to borrow the money, but Democrats argue the county can't borrow its way out of budget holes.More than 40 community agencies could lose funding if a deal isn't reached. Nassau Democrats block $41M borrowing planMangano threatens $40M in cuts without borrowing planLegislation would give Mangano authority over cost-cutting

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