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March 27, 2009

Atlantic Yards YES! Jewish and Muslim Burial rites NO!!

While the City and State continue unfettered support for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan, cuts in city services threaten burial traditions of observant Jewish and Muslim New Yorkers.

NY budget cuts could imperil Jewish burial rites

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's medical examiner warns that proposed budget cuts could threaten Jewish and Muslim burial rites.

Dr. Charles Hirsch says the cuts could hamper his office in its efforts to expedite the burials of observant Jews and Muslims, whose religions call for burials within 24 hours of death.

The city has ordered the medical examiner's proposed operating budget of about $80 million for the fiscal year beginning in July cut by $7 million. And the state has threatened to withhold about $18 million in reimbursements.

Posted by lumi at March 27, 2009 4:21 AM