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Federal Cuts Could Impact Binghamton Programs

Proposed cuts in Washington could mean a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Binghamton.

Senator Charles Schumer was in Elmira Monday to protest proposed senate cuts of $100 million in Community Development Block Grants and $800 million from the HOME investment partnerships program. In 2015 the City of Binghamton received $1.7 million in block grant money and $317,000 in HOME program money.

These cuts, including reducing Binghamton's cut of the HOME program to $25,000, would mean less money for parks, infrastructure, and salary in some departments. The cuts would also gut the home program which helps fund non-profit organizations who run elderly and veteran housing.

"A reduction from $317,000 in 2015 to $25,000 in 2016 would essentially end that type of program," said Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R).