For the first time in many years, the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club will not receive a $10,000 grant through the city.
Because of cuts on the federal level, the city hass less grant money to divide, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.
Day Care 100, HOPES Head Start, The Jubilee Center, Nuestros Ninos, Mile Square Day Care, United Cerebral Palsy and Hoboken Family Planning will still receive funding from the city, albeit a little less than in previous years.
"Unfortunately, I had to make a decision," Zimmer said, "who is the most needy?"
Zimmer said her decision to not allocate the funding to the Boys & Girls Club, was because "we are already supporting them." The Boys & Girls Club rents its building on Jefferson Street for $1 a year from the city. The Club also has other sources of income—such as rent paid by HoLa—and a strong fundraising network.
Executive Director of the Hudson County Boys & Girls Clubs, Gary Greenberg, said in a phone interview that he "accepts" the cuts.
"I'll try to fundraise and make up the difference," Greenberg said. He added that none of the programs will be impacted by the cuts. "We'll figure it out," he added.
Greenberg said the mayor had called him on his cell phone to explain the situation.
"I'm very thankful she informed me," Greenberg said. The executive director said he understood some organizations would see less funding through to cutbacks.
"Unfortunately," he said, "it had to be us."