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State funding cuts could impact Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn

A funding source the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn relies on could receive less state funding in the next state budget.

The New York State Network for Youth Success, a group supporting after school programs, released a statement this week calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to supply more funding to the state's Advantage After-School program. The group is asking the state to fund the program at $22.3 million, which it received in the 2016-2017 budget. The group said the preliminary 2018-2019 budget calls for lowering the funding to $17.3 million.

The Booker T. Washington center receives two grants of $171,875 annually through the Advantage After School program, said Denise Farrington, the community's executive director. One grant is split between after-school programs at the center and at the high school, and another goes to the center's after-school programs at Casey Park Elementary School and Auburn Junior High School.

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