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Monday, March 5, 2012

Mayor Angered By Criticism About Funding For The "Y"

Mayor Ivan Court is rejecting any criticism about the city not helping out the YM-YWCA with its new building in the north end at Crescent Valley.

Court calls the criticisms voiced last week by Saint John Portland M-L-A Trevor Holder "inappropriate". 

Holder is frustrated by the "Y" being removed from the city's capital budget because of budget cutbacks but Court says the city is helping out the 'Y" by closing off a couple of streets and might also give them three pieces of land they need for their new building, scheduled to open up in 2014. 

The Mayor says Common Council also had to remove upgrades to the convention centre and the proposed field house at E-P-R from the capital budget because there was no funding from either the province or the federal government. 

Court is suggesting Holder's criticism may have more to do with his support of another candidate who's running for Mayor.