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CYB drops events & programs after city furlough

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Following passage this week of a resolution to furlough 18 city employees, Cortland Youth Bureau director John McNerney has announced a lengthy list of closures and cancellations forced by the departure of most of his staff.

City leaders approved the temporary layoffs – which total more than $200k in payroll cuts – on top of another $700k+ in other spending reductions. Finance director Mack Cook estimates budgetary damage from the COVID-19 pandemic so far to be just under $1M.

Mayor Brian Tobin also signed off on a 75% salary reduction for himself, from $25k/year to now $5k annually.

A complete list of jobs lost has not been released, but most of them are reported to be at the Youth Bureau.

In a Facebook post, McNerney listed the following as now being cancelled or closed:

  • Home-Cort Youth Lacrosse League
  • Little Sticks Lacrosse
  • All adult softball leagues
  • Cathy Stage Softball League
  • All youth and adult basketball leagues
  • Arts, Parks, and Books
  • Library at Lunch with Miss Tammy
  • Arts & Crafts Camp
  • Summer Arts & Crafts
  • Fire Fighter For A Day Camp
  • Fishing Derby
  • Summer Drama Program
  • Movie Under the Stars
  • Summer Concert Series
  • All Police & Fire Demo’s at the parks
  • Summer Park Program
  • SLU Basketball Academy
  • Youth Center summer field trips
  • Wickwire Pool, including the following programs:
    Red Cross Learn To Swim
    Adult Early Bird Swim
    Adult Lap Swim
  • Yaman Beach
  • Splash Pad at Suggett Park
  • All park buildings, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and restrooms
  • Youth Center, including all programming
  • Yaman Pavillions 1, 2, and 3 and Rotary Shelter
  • Skate Park
  • Community Garden

Any questions regarding the CYB can be directed to John McNerney at

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