DNAinfo: City Favored Former ACS Heads in Funding Uptown Day Care, Suit Charges

By Gustavo Solis

June 28, 2015

A top-rated day care center defunded by the Administration of Children's Services in favor of a corporate child care provider is suing the agency claiming the contracting process was "tainted."

Nasry Michelen Day Care Center lost its city funding at 510 West 145th St. after 35 years, despite getting top scores on their reviews, because the ACS opted to go with Lutheran Social Services after two former agency commissioners went to work there, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on June 26...

The City Council has stepped into the fray donating $933,000 in discretionary funding to Nasry.

“We think it’s critical that they continue to operate,” Councilman Mark Levine said. “It’s just not good public policy to evict a group like this.”

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