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State Legislature restores cuts for disabled services
News Maggie Hayes 6/26/2013 at 4:57PM

It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was [...]

After budget cuts, legislative package aims to help disabled
News Maggie Hayes 6/11/2013 at 3:42PM

In the wake of a significant budget cut to programs for developmentally disabled people, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide such individuals with more security. A budget amendment enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo cut 4.5 percent of state funding for organizations that help disabled individuals live healthy and independent lifestyles. Now, advocates both in and [...]

Disabled cuts fight not over
Disabled cuts fight not over
Top Stories Maggie Hayes 3/14/2013 at 11:49AM

The State Legislature recently voted to restore funds through its budgets to disabled programs. But with negotiations still on the horizon, the battle isn’t over. “With so many Queens families continuing to struggle during these tough economic times, we must do everything we can to ensure New York State has programs in place to help [...]