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Letter to the Editor 8/24: Use shared-services program to help kids

Letter to the Editor 8/24: Use shared-services program to help kids

Use shared-services program to help kids

The Aug. 9 editorial (“Borrowing should be last resort for government”) expressed an “uncertain financial future” for government and its functions.
Since public health and safety of our communities are primary constitutional purposes of government, and education of children, youth and adults is essential to sustain life and democracy, then the New York state county-wide Shared Services Initiative’s Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program,(Gen. Mun. Law, Art.12-1), will assist cost-sharing eligible “coordinated services” among the municipal governments.
I think communities need to use the county-wide Shared Services Plan to coordinate municipal, school district and the judiciary’s children and youth support services with the “multiple service-providing agencies” cooperatively cost-sharing the state Board of Regents “social and emotional learning” policies for children and youth.
I think the combination of the pandemic, violence and murder, poverty and hunger, and economic and climate changes, are several punches to the human gut affecting children, youth, and adults.
Therefore, our communities need to sustain health and safety services for our trauma-impacted children, youth and special needs students. Our posterity’s human lives matter.
Michael McGlynn
Watervliet

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