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WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From a WPCNR Correspondent. March 4, 2013: Chairmpersons of the State Senate and State Legislatures mental health committees are circulationg petitions among New York Legislators to gather support for restoring the 6%, $120 Million cut that Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to take away from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities funding. The cut would force millions of cuts in personnel, among other possible curtailments in direct services to disabled individuals. This letter was released to WPCNR today urging persons who support continued funding for disabled persons care by the state to contact their legislators to show support for telling the governor disabled funding needs to be restored:
Both houses of the State Legislature are in the process of finalizing the respective one-house budget bills. As you are aware, NYSACRA and the developmental disabilities associations are working to restore the proposed 6% across the board cut to all not-for-profit agencies.
The Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Committees (Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther) are circulating a "sign-on" letter throughout the respective memberships of the Senate and Assembly requesting their legislative colleagues to endorse (sign-on) to the letter requesting restoration of the proposed cut to the voluntary not-for-profits. Individual State Senators are being asked to sign-on to Chairman Carlucci's letter and individual State Assemblymembers are being asked to sign-on to Chairwoman Gunther's letter. The letters, from the Chairs, will be delivered to the respective leadership in both houses.
I am asking you to contact your Senator and Assemblymember, today, to ask your Legislators to sign-on to Chairman Carlucci's letter and Chairwoman Gunther's letter seeking full restoration of the cut to the developmental disabilities not-for-profit providers. If you are not a NY resident, your loved one is. Please use your loved oneís address to identify his/her legislators.
We understand the Chairs will begin circulating the letters today therefore please contact your Legislators in their Albany Offices this afternoon, if possible. Please refer to the Assembly (www.assembly.state.ny.us) and Senate websites (www.nysenate.gov) to obtain the Albany Office telephone number for your Assemblymember and Senator. You may also contact the Assembly Operator at 518-455-4100 and Senate Operator at 518-455-2800 and ask to be transferred to your Legislatorís Office.
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