Some owners of Westchester daycare businesses claim they are having a tough time paying their employees because the county is not paying the subsidy on time.
"Some providers have had to take out loans and things like that, just to be able to pay our staff," says Cynthia Bolding, who owns Blessed Beginnings in Mount Vernon.
Bolding is also the union representative for the Westchester-Putnam Chapter of Voice, the union for daycare providers. She says, up until a year ago, they knew when they would receive their subsidy from the county each month.
But now, she claims they never know when it will arrive. Bolding believes the delay is to an archaic paper system that duplicates the county’s electronic system.
"They’ve been coming anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or so late so it's been very difficult to pay our staff," Bolding says.
Bolding adds that she has talked to the Department of Social Services, who told her the delay is partly due to some retirements at the county level and working on changing the system.
FiOS1 News reached out to the county, but has not heard back yet.