Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Ortt Outraged by State-Funded, Booze-Filled Weekend

Audit Shows Mental Health Provider Submitted More Than $150,000 in Questionable Reimbursements


May 22, 2015

Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt recaps some of the events he took part in earlier this month and the issues he's working on in Albany.


May 13, 2015

CP Rochester 5k

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. 

May 12, 2015

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Robert Ortt, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Room 816 LOB

May 13, 9:30 AM - 9:39 AM

Senator Young Announces Study to Address Public Transportation Shortages for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

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.

April 29, 2015

Ortt Encourages NFTA to Apply For Transit Grant Program

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.   

April 28, 2015

Ortt Urges NFTA to Reconsider Proposed Cuts to Metro

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.

April 27, 2015

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities  Senator Robert Ortt, Chair  9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 29, 2015  Room 816 LOB

April 29, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

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.

April 20, 2015

Sen. Ortt Drops the Puck at Disabled Veteran’s Hockey Game

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.



April 13, 2015

Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

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.

April 12, 2015

Sen. Ortt Urges State to Reconsider Plan to Phase Out Sheltered Workshops

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in support of the disability community and sheltered workshops in his district, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to protect the workshops from closure. This is the full text of the letter Ortt sent last week to the Governor’s office and Kerry A. Delaney, acting commissioner of the OPWDD in Albany.

April 8, 2015

State Budget Includes Transition Planning for Individuals with Disabilities who Work in Sheltered Workshops

ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.

April 6, 2015

Senator Parker Addresses the Needs of People with Autism Through Landmark Bills


April 2, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Agreement to Keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Open

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that as part of a new state budget, an agreement has been reached to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for at least another year.  The state had proposed closing the center and moving adolescent patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

March 30, 2015

March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”


March 25, 2015

Your Voice With Senator Ortt

During this segment of Your Voice, Senator Ortt talks about medical marijuana, sex trafficking, mental health, and Fort Drum Day.

March 24, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Sex Offenders from Community Residences

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living in a community residence that also houses individuals with developmental disabilities.  The bill (S.2885), which was co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, would prevent those who have committed a sex crime from living in facilities operated or licensed by the state through the Office of Mental Health or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

March 19, 2015

Minute with Marchione: “World Down Syndrome Day”

State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, announced passage of her legislative resolution recognizing March 21, 2015, as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” for New York State. Senator Marchione’s resolution was passed unanimously during yesterday’s Senate Session and was opened up to all of her colleagues for co-sponsorship. Senator Marchione also spoke on her resolution during today’s Session.

“Down Syndrome is more than just an issue for me; it’s personal. My great-nephew, Nathan, has Down Syndrome. He is a wonderful, incredible boy and one of the bright, shining lights of our family’s life. It is in Nathan’s name that I am proud to sponsor this resolution and promote this important cause,” Senator Marchione said.

March 19, 2015
March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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