Advocates rally at City Hall for $20M for summer programs

Mayor de Blasio funded summer camps for 31,000 city middle school kids last year, and advocates hope that he would continue the funding this year.Frank Franklin II/AP

Mayor de Blasio funded summer camps for 31,000 city middle school kids last year, and advocates hope that he would continue the funding this year.

More than 100 advocates and city kids rallied on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to urge Mayor de Blasio to include $20 million for summer-enrichment programs in his executive budget.

The money would be used for summer camps and classes for 31,000 city middle school kids starting in July.

De Blasio funded the programs last year due to an administrative error in which dozens of community-based organizations that administer the programs were promised the money. But this year, the cash spigot is turned off.

“The need for a safe, enriching place to go where children can thrive does not end when the school year is over,” said United Neighborhood Houses director Gregory Brender. 

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