The current New York City budget will reduce the funds allocated to the Staten Island Zoo by nearly 55%. Such a funding cut would cripple the operations of the Zoo and severely impact the sustainability of the park.
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As a Zoo advocate, I urge City Hall and the City Council to restore the City's funding to the Department of Cultural Affairs to prevent the destabilizing impact of the FY12 Executive budget cuts on the 33 members of the Cultural Institutions Group and the over 800 neighborhood-based organizations that received Cultural Development Funding. Without this restoration, our city will see a loss of thousands of jobs and a negative economic impact, as well as less cultural opportunities for all.
Funding for the 33 members of the Cultural Institutions Group will be cut by 50%! This includes the American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, Carnegie Hall, Historic Richmond Town, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Hall of Science, The New York Public Theater, Queens Botanical Garden, Staten Island Children's Museum the Staten Island Museum, The Staten Island Zoo, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens (to name a few). Similarly severe cuts will hurt over 800 cultural organizations such as the Alice Austen House, Council on the Arts and Humanities on Staten Island, Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble and Sundog Theatre.
Cultural and art programs attract over 19 million families, schoolchildren, teachers and tourists a year. They are a critical part of a neighborhood's fabric, strengthen local businesses, provide jobs and enrich our quality of life. Cultural organizations educate and inspire teachers and children. They work jointly with schools and community groups to provide free or affordable access and programming for the most vulnerable citizens.
Thank you for the consideration of this request.