Issues: Developmental Disabilities

SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING TO ENHANCE SERVICES AT PORT WASHINGTON’S NICHOLAS CENTER FOR AUTISM

$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.

June 25, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

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.

June 11, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Robert Ortt, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Room 816 LOB

June 3, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
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ADDABBO INVITES QUALIFIED JOB SEEKERS TO ATTEND BIRCH FAMILY SERVICES HIRING EVENT FOR RIDGEWOOD AND GLENDALE SITES ON JUNE 4TH

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.

May 26, 2015
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Ortt Outraged by State-Funded, Booze-Filled Weekend

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

 

May 22, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Senator Parker Addresses the Needs of People with Autism Through Landmark Bills

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

April 2, 2015
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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
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