Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Senate Passes Protection of People With Special Needs Act

The New York State Senate today passed the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs. The bill (S.7400), sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga), will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs.

May 16, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Room 124 CAP

May 15, 9:30 AM - 9:37 AM
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Senate to Act Next Week on 'Protection of People With Special Needs Act'

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that the Senate will act next week on legislation to reform and strengthen protections for more than one million state residents with special needs who are served by facilities and programs operated, licensed and certified by State agencies.

May 9, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

May 9, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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May 10, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Round Table Discussion on Protecting Vulnerable Populations from Abuse and Neglect

Senator Roy McDonald hosted a round table discussion on protecting vulnerable populations from abuse and neglect on Monday, April 23, 2012.

April 30, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, April 30, 2012 Room 123 CAP

April 30, 11:00 AM - 11:04 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: Protecting Vulnerable Populations from Abuse and Neglect

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator Roy J. McDonaldRoundtable: Protecting Vulnerable Populations from Abuse and NeglectPlace: Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Sharon Carpinello (518) 455-2381Round Table Participation by Invitation Only

Public Welcome to Attend

April 23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT

Quilt Display As Part of April “Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently partnered with Autism Speaks in helping raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

        Senator Fuschillo arranged for quilts made by Austism Speaks to be displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany for three weeks as part of Autism Awareness Month. Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, the father of an Autistic child and Autism Speaks’ Long Island Volunteer Executive Chair, helped Senator Fuschillo coordinate the quilt display.

April 4, 2012
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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 4, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov |(518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTHSenator Huntley Supports Autism Advocacy

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

April 3, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Monday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Monday, April 2, 2012 is the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day.

And the entire month of April is "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State.

These important dates provide us with a very special opportunity to continue our efforts to enhance public awareness about autism, and to work together to ensure that families and individuals have the support they need to overcome the serious challenges that autism can present.

April 2, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO COSPONSORS RESOLUTION DESIGNATING APRIL AS “AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently cosponsored a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month" in New York State. The Senate passed the measure during a recent legislative session.

        "Autism is continuing to affect individuals throughout our communities. Recent estimates are that one in 88 children are affected by autism spectrum disorders. Designating April as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month’ is another way to raise awareness about autism and the growing impact it has on families,” said Senator Fuschillo.

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Votes to Designate April as "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State

NYS Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. votes in favor of a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State.

Senator Fuschillo was a sponsor of the resolution.

Text of the Legislative Resolution:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

March 27, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CO-SPONSORS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING APRIL 2012 AS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In recognition of individuals diagnosed with autism, as well as their families and the dedicated professionals who work with them, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is helping to commemorate next month, April 2012, as Autism Awareness Month. Today, the State Senate adopted a legislative resolution co-sponsored by Senator Nozzolio recognizing this important month as a vital opportunity to learn more about the particular challenges that families affected by autism face.

March 27, 2012
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3/27/2012: Session

Senator Huntley speaking in support of this resolution:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, "Autism Spectrum Disorders", or ASDs, refers to neurobiological conditions including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett's Synrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders; and

March 26, 2012
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