Even though a $15.8 million funding cut for the Legal Services Corp. included in a federal budget agreement is smaller than legal aid advocates had feared, the reduced funds will be acutely felt by New York groups already struggling with state funding cuts.

LSC, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to independent legal aid organizations around the country that provide civil legal services for low- and moderate-income people. The organization provided $28.9 million to New York programs in 2009, 13.2 percent of the $208.9 million from all private and public sources for such services (NYLJ, Feb. 15).

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