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Youth groups across Long Island protest at the (Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Youth groups across Long Island protest at the Nassau County Legislature. Many children feel County Executive Edward Mangano has not let them voice the need for funding for their cause. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Protests against Nassau youth program cuts

Tactics employed by STRONG Youth Inc., in the fight to restore $7.3 million cut from Nassau County youth social service programs, have been blasted by some Republican legislators as "sick," criticized by the county's social services commissioner and lauded by social service advocates.

Motivational speaker Amory Sepulveda, left, executive director Rahsmia
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Motivational speaker Amory Sepulveda, left, executive director Rahsmia Zatar, and project coordinator Beria Camargo, center, of Strong Youth Inc., in Uniondale with children who used to participate in the group's programs. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Youth groups across Long Island protest at the
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Youth groups across Long Island protest at the Nassau County Legislature. Many children feel County Executive Edward Mangano has not let them voice the need for funding for their cause. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Dozens of Nassau church leaders and children held
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Dozens of Nassau church leaders and children held a prayer vigil at the County Executive Building Monday calling for restoration of about $7 million in annual cuts to youth social service programs. (Aug. 6, 2012)

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Children of all ages protesting the Nassau County
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Children of all ages protesting the Nassau County youth social service agencies $7.3 million budget cuts, hold a funeral for the defunct youth service programs eliminated by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Carrying coffins toward the Nassau County Administration building,
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Carrying coffins toward the Nassau County Administration building, children joined youth social service agencies impacted by $7.3 million in county cuts for a funeral for youth service programs cut by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in Mineola. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Gathering on the steps of the County Administration
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Gathering on the steps of the County Administration building Alma Leticia Gaxiola, left, 6, along with other youth rally with youth social service agencies impacted by $7.3 million in county cuts hold a funeral for youth service programs eliminated by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Gathering on the steps of the county administration
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Gathering on the steps of the county administration building Alma Leticia Gaxiola, left, 6, along with other youth rally with youth social service agencies impacted by $7.3 million in county cuts hold a funeral for youth service programs eliminated by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders representing Nassau Fight
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Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders representing Nassau Fight for Youth Families, a new coalition of religious institutions and community groups, and several children, deliver petitions and arts-and-crafts projects to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and legislators in Mineola. (Aug. 1, 2012)

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Claudia Penate, left, along with Protestant, Catholic and
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Claudia Penate, left, along with Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders representing Nassau Fight for Youth Families, a new coalition of religious institutions and community groups, and several children, will deliver petitions and arts-and-crafts projects to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and legislators, requesting the officials restore $7.3 million in youth funding cut earlier in the month in Mineola. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Nassau Social Service groups in danger of losing
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Nassau Social Service groups in danger of losing their county funding, held a news conference/rally outside of Nassau's Legislature Building in Mineola. (June 18, 2012)

Nassau Social Service groups in danger of losing
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Nassau Social Service groups in danger of losing their county funding, held a news conference/rally outside of Nassau's Legislature Building in Mineola. (June 18, 2012)

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