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to the editor:

in regards to your recent article "community boards protest cuts" (june 11): city hall's imposed cuts to community boards would be devastating to both the boards and the people of new york, who depend on these boards to make their voices heard. community boards are, in fact, the primary way most new yorkers participate in and interact with our city government. they are also a vital source of information for millions of new yorkers. indeed, nobody knows our communities better than community boards.

mayor bloomberg is looking to slash an average of $35,000 from the budgets of the 59 boards across our city. with these budget cuts, the mayor is once again trying to silence the voice of the people he is supposed to represent. as comptroller, i know that our city faces difficult choices in these tough economic times. we cannot, however, sacrifice our voice-and our democracy-in the name of balancing the budget.

william c. thompson, jr.

new york city comptroller

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