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 [...]

Program directors say restored funds for disabled not enough
News Maggie Hayes 4/12/2013 at 3:21PM

The looming cuts to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have been restored, but only by a fraction. Initially, the state’s budget called for a total slash of $240 million from OPWDD services, but the final budget gave back $30 million. Program administrators say this is still not enough. “The challenge our industry [...]

Cuomo’s proposed cuts to developmentally disabled would be ‘devastating’
News Queens Courier Staff 2/28/2013 at 3:46PM

BY DENISE ROMANO & MAGGIE HAYES Carol Goldstein doesn’t know where to turn. With the threat of budget cuts looming, she fears her autistic son will not get the services he so desperately needs. Her son, and those living with developmental disabilities will be “devastated” by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts, say activists. Advocates [...]