Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Yorkers Protest Proposed Cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dozens of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their advocates gathered outside of Gov. David A. Paterson's office last week to protest proposed cuts to the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities funding.
Attending the protest was Assemblyman Greg Ball, R–Patterson, who has publicly opposed the governor's deficit reduction plan, which would cut funding to OMRDD programs by 10 percent.
"We all know things are tighter than ever, and the state should step up and do its part. However, pick-pocketing the disabled to fill a budget gap is not the answer," said Ball. "This measure, if accepted, would endanger the health and safety of our extremely vulnerable population and destroy the quality of care for the neediest among us."
The assemblyman said a cut in state OMRDD funding would result in the loss of matching federal Medicaid funds as well.

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