(Middletown, NY)-State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
June 23, 2015 - Take a minute to catch up on what's been happening in Senator Rob Ortt's Senate district. He rallied alongside Metro and Paratransit riders to speak out against the NFTA, supported local firefighters in a parade, cut the ribbon on a major bridge project and much more.
$50,000 in State Funding Will Help Expand Opportunities For Individuals With Autism
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) has secured $50,000 in state funding to help expand opportunities for individuals with autism. The state funding will help enhance services provided by the Nicholas Center for Autism.
Measures Would Authorize Special Prosecutor to Prosecute Crimes Against Vulnerable New Yorkers
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers. The bill, sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), would improve the state’s ability to respond to the abuse or neglect of people with special needs by strengthening the state’s ability to prosecute crimes reported to the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
Queens, NY (May 26, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is inviting qualified job seekers who are interested in working with individuals with disabilities to come out to a mass hiring event for Birch Family Services that is scheduled for June 4th in Ridgewood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hiring event for the multi-faceted human services organization, which is being co-sponsored by NYS Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan and Mike Miller, is being held at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Building at 59-03 Summerfield Street.
Audit Shows Mental Health Provider Submitted More Than $150,000 in Questionable Reimbursements
LOCKPORT - State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today blasted a Queens non-profit as well as the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) after an audit showed gross misuse of taxpayer funds. An audit revealed that Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), which has a five-year contract with OMH for $30 million to provide services to individuals with mental disabilities and substance abuse, spent more than $150,000 on inappropriate expenses. That included nearly $32,000 on a high-end conference at a Long Island resort including alcohol, cruises, and gifts.
I was pleased to recently help kickoff the annual CP Rochester 5k. CP Rochester has been serving our community for nearly 70 years, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in living a full and rewarding life. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support this great organization.
ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.
“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.
Funding Secured by State could Help Save Bus Routes and Paratransit Lines in Jeopardy of being cut
State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today is encouraging the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to apply for a transportation grant program that would help keep fixed bus routes and Paratransit services from being cut.
Plan to Discontinue Bus Routes Would Have Adverse Effect on Paratransit System
State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today is urging the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to reconsider its proposed plan to discontinue some of its fixed bus routes, which would consequently impact its Paratransit service.
The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.
As part of the 11th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival, State Senator Rob Ortt helped to kick off one of the games by dropping the puck onto the ice. The event honors our heroes and is organized by the Sled Hockey Foundation. The four day festival is reportedly the largest disabled hockey event of its kind in the world with more than 1,000 athletes from around the country playing a total of 147 games. Read more about the event and watch the news clip on TWCNews and WGRZ.
State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.