Issues: Disability

Senator Tkaczyk co-Sponsor of Legislation Restoring OPWDD Cuts

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, praised the agreement to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She was a co-sponsor of the measure to restore the funds.

“These cuts would have devastated the services that our most vulnerable residents and their families rely on,” Tkaczyk said. “I am proud to have fought for full restoration throughout the budget process, and am thrilled these cuts have finally been restored.”

June 14, 2013
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O'Mara: Reports signal agreement on funding restoration for people with disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released a statement on today’s news reports that the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo are working toward an agreement before the end of the legislative session next week to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget.

June 13, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO HELP CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE PHYSICALLY DISABLED

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently approved legislation he sponsors to help children whose parents have a physically limiting disability. The legislation (S738) would give school districts the authority to provide transportation for these children even if they live below the transportation mileage limit. 

June 12, 2013
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Richmond Community Services Celebrated 30th Anniversary with Funfest!

Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by Richmond Community Services as they celebrated their 30th anniversary on Sunday, June 2nd with Funfest, an activity-filled afternoon designed for people supported by Richmond. Established in 1983, Funfest "supports Richmond's mission while raising awareness of the abilities of those with developmental disabilities". 

June 4, 2013
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Senator Parker Stands Up for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

Senator Parker Stands Up for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bi-Partisan Legislative Package Addresses the Needs of the Developmentally Disabled

April 17, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes cut to state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to more fully roll back his cut to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the final 2013-14 state budget.

O’Mara said that both the Senate and Assembly had called for rejecting and fully restoring the governor’s proposed $120 million or six-percent, across-the-board reduction to OPWDD – the lead state agency overseeing state assistance to programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 27, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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Senator O'Brien seeks restoration of funding for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator O'Brien stood with local agencies who provide services and support to people with developmental disabilities in calling for the restoration of $120 million in funding cuts proposed in a recent budget amendment.

"Governor Cuomo has led the way in reforming the budget process and returning stability to Albany.  However, as we continue budget negotiations, I believe it is vital that we enable our state’s nonprofits to fulfill their essential roles in our communities. I look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to pass a responsible, yet fair, budget,” Senator O’Brien said.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Felder at the rally to protest budget cuts to programs for the disabled.

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Senator David Carlucci, and Senator Simcha Felder at the rally to protest budget cuts to programs for the disabled.  

March 7, 2013
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March 7, 2013
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Ranzenhofer meets with Genesee ARC

Representatives from Genesee ARC stopped by Senator Ranzenhofer's district office to discuss restoring $120 million in State funding for people with developmental disabilities.  Pictured are Genesee ARC Board Member Deb Riggi and her husband Mike Riggi, as well as their two daughters, Masha and Cassidy, and Senator Ranzenhofer.  

March 2, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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DAP Celebrates 30 Years

On Tuesday, January 29th, I had the privilege to attend a press conference for the Disability Advocacy Program. The program is celebrating their 30th year. For more information, visit http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/dap/.

January 30, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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GALLIVAN HONORS NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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101 Mobility Opens in Rochester

On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening ceremony for 101 Mobility, located at 1249 Ridgeway Avenue. 101 Mobility is a local provider of mobility and accessibility equipment. Their local staff of consultants and service personnel install and service hundreds of auto lifts, stair lifts, turning seats, modular ramps and platform lifts each year. For more information, visit www.101mobility.com.

August 23, 2012
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Release of Records

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 25, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Release of Records Legislation

June 25, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passes Legislation Creating The Justice Center For The Protection of People with Special Needs

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted for Senate passage of sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected.  The bill (S7749), which passed the Senate unanimously, is part of an agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012
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