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Letter: Nassau youth have lost services

A group has donated $100,000 to help Nassau

A group has donated $100,000 to help Nassau County youth. (May 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein

The headline of your news story "To the Rescue: Group gives to offset cuts to youth services" [Aug. 28] gave the impression that the donated money was used to provide support to contract agencies that serve Nassau County's young people. In fact, as the article stated, the money was used to provide Nassau County support to pay its own staff members.

Since July 6, the network of organizations that helps Nassau's youth has lost its entire share of county financial support. All efforts to restore these vital dollars have failed. As a result, more than 35,000 young people are without services and resources. While the depth of despair is accurately reported in the article, it is equally important for all Nassau residents to understand that no one in this situation has been "rescued."

Peter H. Levy, Jericho

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Coalition of Nassau County Youth Service Agencies.