WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. February 27, 2013:
WPCNR checked in with David Buchwald, NYS Assemblyman for the 93rd Assembly District (Representing White Plains North to Pound Ridge) on the possibilities of the 6%, $120 Million cut to the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities. I asked him Is the assembly going to go along with this, whether he supported the legislation, and if there was going to be an effort to preserve the key components of day treatment and group homes, and more significantly, the growth of new group homes.
Assemblyman David Buchwald
Assemblyman Buchwald answered in a statement last night:
"I obviously cannot speak for the entire Assembly. This change in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is part of the Governorís 30-day amendments to his proposed budget. It will still be about two weeks before the Assembly passes its one-house budget bill. At that point, the Assembly, the Senate and the Governorís office will negotiate a final state budget. I have heard from a number of constituents concerned with the impact of such a significant cut, so I hope that progress can be made as the budget is put together over the next few weeks."