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Bloomberg wants control over troubled kids



Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a money-saving suggestion for the state: Stop shipping the city’s juvenile offenders to state-run centers.

Bloomberg, joined yesterday at City Hall by Rev. Al Sharpton and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, called for Albany to close these facilities and allow local governments to control juvenile services.

“The facilities run by the state are relics of a bygone era, when troubled city kids were stripped from their families and shipped to detention centers in remote rural areas,” Bloomberg said.

City officials complained that the state is paying to operate 13 facilities that are more than half empty. They said the state could save about $50 million under the mayor’s proposal.

A spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson could not be reached for comment.

About 400 New York City youths are housed in state facilities. Locally, the city operates community-based service programs that Bloomberg said are cheaper to run and might be better suited for some detained youth.

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