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Sunnyside's Promise funding proposal rejected by city councilmen

At last night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously voted to deny the new funding proposal presented by Sunnyside's Promise at the Sept. 24 council meeting.

Sunnyside's Promise has operated recreational and tutorial programs for local children at the community center.

Several members of council noted that although they were voting to deny that specific proposal, they still support the mission of Sunnyside's Promise.

"Although I'm in favor of this motion this evening, which is denying the $217,000, I'm not in any way asking that Sunnyside's Promise go away," said Councilman Jim Restucci. "I would like to see them come back with another proposal after we've reviewed the budget."

Councilman Nick Paulakis asked Interim City Manager Frank Sweet to address the issue of programs and the use of the community center.

"The community center will be used and the rec programs will exist," said Sweet.

Restucci also emphasized that the motion does not cut off funding to Sunnyside's Promise for this year, and the contract will continue until the end of the year.

"We're not giving up on prevention and intervention," said Deputy Mayor Don Vlieger. "We're just moving in a different direction."

No representatives of Sunnyside's Promise were present at the meeting.

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