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June 3, 2011

You are cordially invited to speak out on the NYC budget and hear about real solutions at the inaugural

Staten Island
Peoples’ Town Hall
Tuesday, June 14, 6:45-9:00 pm
Bernikow-Mid Island JCC | 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island

They say there’s not enough money to fund our senior centers, firehouses, keep our teachers, serve the homeless, ensure our vital services and parks, or invest in good jobs.

The Big Banks that crashed our economy, destroyed thousands of Staten Islanders’ jobs, foreclosed on thousands of Staten Island homes, and bankrupted city and state budgets, now have record profits.  Our tax dollars bailed them out, but they refuse to pay their fair share of what it takes to rebuild our economy.

Its time to discuss real budget solutions that allow Mayor Bloomberg to save our jobs, human services, schools, pensions and communities.  We have invited our City Council members to hear firsthand the hardships that people in this borough have already seen and what‘s to come if this budget passes.  The quality of life for Staten Islanders from St. George to Tottenville is at stake.



“I worked for 25 years as a secretary in the financial services industry. In the fall of
2008 when the financial crisis struck, I lost my job and haven’t been able to find a
good job since then. My husband works in the building trades, and he hasn’t had
much work since 2008 either, so our savings are shot. Now I’ve had to take a job as
a waitress. I haven’t done this kind of work since high school! I don’t know if I’ll
ever be able to retire at this rate.”
–Delores, lifelong Staten Island resident

“I would be in a nursing home, if it weren’t for the senior services that I’m getting.”
A.P., Manor Heights”I watched the fireman from Engine 157 help families escape
the fire on Nicholas Ave last summer. If Engine 157 had not been there, many
more children would have died. Its enough that we lost four children in the fire
that night. Port Richmond does not need to lose any more children.”
–Sean, 15, former resident of Nicholas Avenue


“I have lived in AIDS supportive housing on Staten Island since 1994. It has been a
lifesaver for me. I have a roof over my head, a safe home, constant care of my
health and family needs. I would not have lived this long without AIDS supportive
housing. How could the city possibly consider taking my home and services away
from me now, in the senior years of my life?”
–Eileen Chung, S.I. Advance Woman of Achievement


“I am an immigrant and single mother of three children. I graduated with my GED
in May of 2010. That summer I started my own business. This fall I will enter the
College of Staten Island. My GED is worth the world to me and to the many more
immigrants who want to do better for their families and for our new country.”
–Elizabeth L., Resident, New Brighton

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