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Local Organizations Advocate for Funding at Public Hearing

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Binghamton City Council is hearing from local human service organizations making their cases for grant money this year.

At Wednesday night's business meeting City Council held a public hearing where it heard from community organizations that provide aid to the homeless, elderly, youth, and many others--about why their particular groups need funding from this year's Community Development Block Grant. Members of one local youth organization through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County say that funding they've received in past years has allowed them to complete many projects, and that's why they're here to advocate today.

"I think the council should see that Citizen U and through the projects that we identify and through out job employments, that we are actually making a difference. We are getting our voices heard and it's a success," said Nosa Akol, Member of Citizen U.

Over thirty individuals attended the public hearing, and each individual who got up to speak had 5 minutes to make their statements about why their organization should receive funding this year.