If Gov. Paterson's proposed budget is approved, New York after-school programs could face $11 million in cuts. According to the Advance, funding for the "Advantage After School Program" would be reduced to $17 million, potentially closing 79 sites—more than a quarter of program's locations—when contracts expire this year. Opponents of the plan say the cuts would leave 10,500 New York students without a place to go when they get out of school, 6,500 of them in the city. The cuts would also mean that about 1,000 people who work in afterschool programs would lose their jobs. Paterson has said he will need to make difficult cuts to close a budget gap estimated at $8.2 billion.