12:07 pm May. 1, 2012
Parents unhappy with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reported plans to cut funds to about half of the city's public-funded childcare and after-school programs "blitzed" City Hall phones yesterday, according to one of the protest organizers.
The Campaign for Children, an advocacy group, set up an 800 number and parents who dialed had their calls steered either to Bloomberg's office or to his senior adviser, Howard Wolfson. In total, 1,364 calls were made, according to the protest organizer, Stephanie Gendell.
She also said the flood of calls temporally forced City Hall to shut down the lines.
A spokesman for the mayor, Marc Lavorgna, said that was inaccurate and that there was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the number of phone calls they received during the day yesterday.
"A bunch of calls came in after business hours and a voicemail filled up," he said.
Bloomberg is expected to release his executive budget on Thursday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has said some of the mayor's proposed cuts are "unacceptable."
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