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Funding cut for programs protested

The City Council on Monday joined the Genesee County Legislature in protesting a planned reduction of state funding for municipal youth programs by more than 50 percent.

The proposed cut in the governor's budget would affect about 4,500 city youngsters, according to the resolution. The county estimates it serves nearly 18,000 children.

At the city's request, the Legislature last December approved a contract to pay part of the salary of Deborah Kerr-Rosenbeck, the county Youth Bureau executive director, to operate the city's bureau at a cost of $21,360 in 2011 and $23,000 in 2012. The county also operates Orleans County's youth services with Kerr-Rosenbeck in charge.

The City Council action centers on maintaining current funding and eliminating a proposal for competitive bidding, which, the resolution states, could make it difficult for rural counties to secure funds.

Both the city and county resolutions pointed to the potential loss of $29,817 in state youth service funding, which may leverage more in competitive grants and matching funds.

To offset the potential loss, the Council approved a resolution seeking the same amount -- $29,817 -- from the state Office of Children and Family Services.

In a brief business meeting, the Council approved a liquor license for a new downtown bar and grill. Owners Derek Gerib and Michael Hyland will now seek a license from the State Liquor Authority.

The Bourbon & Burger on Jackson Street will boost to six the restaurants in a three-block area of downtown.

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