The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.4777D) that will restore up to $90 million to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This funding helps nonprofit programs who provide services and opportunities for some of New York’s most vulnerable people.
This year, the Governor’s office proposed $240 million in state and federal cuts to OPWDD funding. The legislature worked to restore $60 million of those cuts in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget. However, this restoration fell short of what was needed.
“Despite the restoration of $60 million in funding to OPWDD in the budget, there was still a 4.5 percent cut totaling $90 million. This bill finally closes that gap and gives programs for the developmentally disabled the necessary funding they need to keep doing the good work they do,” said Senator Bonacic.
The legislation passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously this week. The bill now will be sent to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.
Attached are Senator Bonacic's comments regarding the restoration of OPWDD funding.