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Highlights of Governor Paterson´s State of State Address -- First SOS Speech

Subject: Highlights of Governor Paterson's State of State Address -- First SOS Speech

Paterson State of State 2008: Press release describes highlights of governor's first SOS speech.
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Text of January 7 Paterson press release.



IN FIRST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS, GOVERNOR PATERSON OUTLINES PLAN FOR A STRONGER NEW YORK: TALKS OF CONFRONTING FISCAL CRISIS HEAD ON AND LAYS OUT PROGRESSIVE POLICY AGENDA TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES
Sets Goal of 2015 for New York State to Meet 45 Percent of Electricity Needs Through Improved Energy Efficiency and Clean Renewable Energy - One of the Most Ambitious Clean Energy Plans in the Nation
Calls for Health Insurance Plans to Expand Coverage for Family Members Up Through Age 29 - Expanding the Age Limit from 19 i
Announces Five-Point Plan to Address Obesity Epidemic Which Threatens the Lives of New York's Youngest and Most Vulnerable Citizens
In his first State of the State address, Governor David A. Paterson outlined his plan for a stronger New York including the need to confront the current fiscal crisis head on. He laid out a progressive policy agenda to help working families during these difficult times including calling for one of the most ambitious clean energy plans in the nation, setting a "45 by 15" goal that 45 percent of New York State's electricity needs will be met through improved energy efficiency and -greater use of clean renewable energy by 2015. This goal will also create 50,000 new jobs for New Yorkers. Governor Paterson also announced that he will introduce legislation to expand family health coverage to cover family members up through the age of 29 and he laid out a five-point plan to address the growing obesity epidemic that now affects one in four children in the State of New York.
Governor Paterson's address acknowledged New York State's historic economic challenges and the difficult choices that all New Yorkers must face in the coming months and years but he also spoke of the strength of character that New Yorkers possess and used his remarks as a call for action, hope and courage even in the face of adversity. Acknowledging this year's budget crisis, in addition to necessary reductions across every area, the Governor's proposed 2009-10 budget outlines numerous examples of more effective and efficient spending through innovative programs to improve New Yorker's lives.
"We still do not know the extent of the economic chaos that awaits us bi~t we do know that these are the worst economic times since the Great Depression," said Governor Paterson. "The developments of the past year have been startling, but this is no time for fear. This is a time for action and a time for courage. Every New Yorker has experienced both difficulty and adversity, but courage and hope have forged our character. Our government must now do what New York families have been doing for years - make painful choices about what we can and cannot afford. They have done so without fanfare and without self-pity. It is time for their government to live up to their example. We cannot solve our problems overnight but we will solve them and we will craft a brighter, smarter future for New York.
"In this legislative session, we must do three things," continued Paterson. "First, we must balance the budget; second, we must strengthen our health care system, improve our schools, create jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, clean up our environment, and begin a clean energy revolution; and third, even in these difficult times, we must make sure we respect one another, serve one another and protect one another."
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Energy and the Environment
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"Energy has become too expensive, too unpredictable, and too damaging to our environment," said Governor Paterson during his State of the State address. "It is time to control the cost of energy and how much we use. It is time to make New York more energy independent and more energy efficient, to develop our own sources of clean and renewable en_ ergy, and build new statewide systems for energy generation, transmission and distribution."
To achieve these goals, Governor Paterson today unveiled his "45 by 15" plan which calls for New York to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and clean renewable energy by 2015 - one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country.
Not only is this "45 by 15" goal good for the environment, it will also reduce air pollution and create an estimated 50,000 new jobs. This is one of the ways New York will provide jobs for our displaced and unemployed workers and create the workforce necessary for a clean energy economy.
Governor Paterson added: "Our program `45 by 15' will not simply revitalize our economy; it will help protect our environment. New York is a charter member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and is participating in the nation's first carbon cap and trade framework. We in New York are leading the fight against global warming, because we understand that reviving our economy and protecting our planet go hand in hand, so long as we have the vision and courage to act on our convictions."
Governor Paterson also announced the creation of a clearinghouse to serve as a single point of access for information on all energy efficiency programs for schools, hospitals, and local governments. A website will be created to provide a single point of contact for all of the State's clean energy programs. The clearinghouse will help educate school districts, local governments and hospitals on how to make the greening transition and what resources exist to assist them.
Finally, the Governor announced the creation of a consortium on hybrid electric batteries and energy storage technologies to make strides in the development of technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. This will be implemented through the existing partnerships led by NYSERDA and expanded to add funding and partners, to ramp-up research and development of energy storage technologies that will support this new clean energy economy. The key technology needed is a rechargeable electric battery that can drive a car longer distances for less money and New York already possesses the research infrastructure and the manufacturing base to help develop the. batteries.
"This consortium will help reshape the Upstate economy and create a clean corridor that includes cities in the Erie Canal corridor built some 200 years ago. It will also maximize the extraordinary academic and scientific resources available in the Western, Central and Capital Regions," said Governor Paterson.
To complement this consortium, the Governor also announced the creation of the New York Energy Policy Institute to coordinate the knowledge base and expertise of New York's higher education institutions. By disseminating state-of-the-art information and analysis on energy technologies and policies, the Institute will assist in keeping New York decision makers on the cutting edge.
Health Care
Governor Paterson has proposed increasing eligibility for Family Health Plus to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. This would expand access to coverage to an additional 400,000 New Yorkers. The Governor is seeking to have this expansion fully funded by the federal government in recognition of the more than $30 billion of Medicaid savings achieved by New York State over the past ten years through its Medicaid managed care initiative,
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In addition, to address the one in three New Yorkers between the ages of 19-29 who are still uninsured, the Governor will introduce legislation allowing families to cover family members up through the age of 29 in their family coverage plans at their own cost. Currently, family members are typically covered in the family plans up to the age of 19.if they are not attending college and up to the age of 23 if they are attending college.
This legislation is particularly important as we face a recession during which 225,000 New Yorkers could lose their jobs and their health insurance.
The Obesity Epidemic
The Governor spoke not only of the need for universal health coverage but also about the importance of preventative care.
Today, he announced an aggressive five-point plan to address the growing obesity epidemic which serves as the greatest threat to children's long term health in the state of New York. Currently, one out of every four New Yorkers under the age of 18 is obese and not only does obesity lead to greater risks of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and loss of limbs, it also creates a significant economic burden on New York State's health care spending. New York currently spends $6.1 billion each year to treat obesity-related health problems - the second highest level of spending in the nation.
Governor Paterson's five-point plan includes the Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative which will offer a new revolving loan fund to increase the number of healthy food markets in underserved communities. The Governor also proposed banning trans fats in restaurants, requiring calorie postings in chain restaurants, banning junk food sales in schools, and today he reiterated the proposal announced in his 2009-10 budget to place a surcharge on sugared beverages such as soda.
The Governor also announced that beginning in February, First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson will roll out the Healthy Steps to Albany Initiative: First Lady's Challenge in five cities across New York to encourage children to eat right and to exercise. Healthy Steps to Albany is a contest that challenges New York State middle school classes to increase their physical activity by competing with each other to walk approximately four million steps in six weeks. The program will be introduced in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Yonkers.
"By protecting our children from obesity, we protect their health and our health care system. That is why this matters," said Governor Paterson.
Education
Governor Paterson is committed to ensuring that every child is prepared for college - and that every child can afford to go college. That is why, as part of his 2009-10 budget he called for the creation of the first New York State Higher Education Loan Program, which will provide $350 million in affordable, loans to students in need. Furthermore, the Governor today advocated for the establishment of new early college high schools through public-private partnerships. Innovative educational models such as early college high schools have raised high school graduation rates and prepared New York's most disadvantaged children for college. CiJNY currently partners with eleven early college high schools, serving 3,948 students in 2007-08. ,
"The current crisis should teach us that the only way to restore our long-term economic competitiveness is to build the world's best system of education. The road to economic competitiveness and renewal runs right through our schools," said Governor Paterson. "However, during this downturn, we simply cannot spend more - so we must spend more effectively."
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Economic Development
Governor Paterson reiterated his call for Congress to pass a comprehensive stimulus package that includes direct fiscal relief to states - and to pass it by the end of January. He also called upon the federal government to quickly reform the financial regulation system stating that: "if the federal government does not act, then I shall. We need sensible regulation to oversee our financial markets and hedge funds so that the savings and retirement funds of New Yorkers will not be at risk."
Speaking of one state and one future, the Governor talked about the need to revitalize every part of New York State.

"Just as we help the financial sector rebuild, we must also reaffirm our cbmmitment to specific programs and projects targeted at revitalizing Upstate, including the Upstate Revitalization Fund. I have tasked the Empire State Development Corporation with identifying transformational projects in our Upstate communities, from enhancing the tourism infrastructure around Niagara Falls to investing in biosciences in Buffalo."
The Governor also focused on the need for better, smarter infrastructure across the State which will create 21S` century jobs. He spoke specifically about investing in roads and bridges and also implementing the Ravitch Commission recommendations to improve an essential piece of New York infrastructure, the MTA.
Governor Paterson reiterated his support for a property tax cap and again called for the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Property Tax Relief and Local Government Efficiency.
Finally, the Governor spoke about the aggressive target he set forth in his 2009-10 budget proposal to require that Empire Zone participants produce 20 dollars of benefit for every dollar of State money.
"Companies that receive tax breaks from the State must be held accountable for creating jobs and investing in their facilities," added Governor Paterson. "With the savings generated by reforming Empire Zones, we will make strategic investments in the job-creating industries of tomorrow, such as biotechnology and manufacturing, and we will offer research and development tax credits to foster innovation."
Community
In response to the recent hate-based violence in Suffolk County, Brooklyn and Syracuse, Governor Paterson today called on the State government to implement a school-based curriculum reinforcing the message of acceptance and tolerance.
The Governor spoke not only of the need to respect one another, but also the need to serve one another.
"In these difficult times, when 225,000 New Yorkers may lose their jobs; we must recognize that community service is more important than ever."
To address that growing need, the Governor called for an increase in funding to expand the Regional Volunteers Centers across the State and urged New Yorkers to visit newyorkersvolunteer.org to learn. what they can do to serve their neighbors in need.
The Governor recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan where he visited troops from New York. In his State of the State address he spoke of his travels and discussed the need for the federal government to reform and improve the health care system for service members and their families as well as the need to implement a comprehensive strategy to support returning veterans including access to counseling in rural areas of the State. ,
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Finally, the Governor also spoke about the need to continue to fight crime which has decreased in New York for 17 consecutive years. He announced the expansion of Operation IIVIPACT, a program that uses intelligence-driven strategies that have been successfully employed in 17 counties across the State, to all major Upstate cities.
In closing, Governor Paterson addressed his fellow colleagues and the citizens of New York stating: "Let us remember this moment as the moment we decided to come together to take back our future. This should be the moment where we take control of our deficit so we can return to the mission of New York. That mission is to rebuild our economy, create good jobs, to improve our business climate, to develop the industrial sectors of the future like clean technologies and life sciences, to strengthen our colleges and universities so that New York will always have a skilled and educated workforce. That is the New York that maintains hope for the future. That is the New York with a vibrant economy. That is the New York we all want to live in. That is the New York I want to rebuild."
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MAKING NEW YORK MORE ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND ENERGY EFFICIENT
D Governor Paterson proposes one of the most aggressive clean energy goals in the country.
D By 2015, New York will meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and
clean renewable energy. '
o Governor Paterson has proposed increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 30 percent.
o He has set a goal of decreasing electricity usage by 15 percent. ,
o This effort will help rebuild our economy, create jobs, meet our energy needs, fight global warming, and
protect our environment. ,
D The "45 by 15" goal will require a clean energy economy.
o Governor Paterson has proposed innovative financing mechanisms, such as "on-bill financing" now being discussed in a proceeding before the State Public Service Commission to help New Yorkers retrofit their homes and businesses and invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
o Realizing the "45 by 15" goal will create an estimated 50,000 new jobs. New York already has one of the nation's most ambitious clean-energy workforce training programs, and Governor Paterson is committed to expanding it.
D In addition, Governor Paterson calls for the creation of a clearinghouse to serve as a single point of access for information on all energy efficiency programs for schools, hospitals, and local governments.
o The New York Power Authority (NYPA) raises capital for school districts, as well as eligible local governments and hospitals to retrofit and install clean distributed energy resources. NYPA's trustees have approved increasing financing for these projects to $185 million per year - up from $100 million - in support of the Governor's clean energy agenda.
o Between 1987 and 2008, NYPA provided over $1 billion for these projects. Governor Paterson wants to raise awareness of this program and increase participation.
' o The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Long Island - Power Authority (LIPA) also offer financial incentives for greening schools. When coupled with the low¬cost financing offered by NYPA, participating schools could see immediate budget savings.
o A single point of entry to program and services will be available shortly and be accessible from the New York State home page.
D Governor Paterson proposes the creation of an upstate research consortium on hybrid electric batteries and energy storage technologies.
o Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are the future of transportation in America. The key technology needed for these vehicles is a rechargeable electric battery that can power a vehicle longer distances and that costs less.
o New-York already possesses the research infrastructure and the manufacturing base to help develop these - batteries.
o This consortium will help reshape the upstate economy and create a clean corridor that includes cities in the Erie Canal corridor built some 200 years ago. It will also maximize the extraordinary academic and scientific resources available in the Western, Central, and Capital Regions.
D Complementing the upstate research consortium, Governor Paterson also proposes creating a New York Energy Policy Institute to coordinate the expertise of New York's higher education institutions.
o . By disseminating state-of-the-art information and analysis on energy technologies and policies, the Institute will assist in keeping New York decision makers on the cutting edge.
o NYSERDA would commit $150,000-$200,000 for 3 to 5 years.
EXPANDING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND INSTITUTING PREVENTIVE CARE FOR NEW YORK'S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS
D Governor Paterson finds innovative ways to expand health care coverage.
o An estimated 2.5 million New Yorkers do not have health insurance.
o Last year, New York expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), making affordable coverage available to every child in New York.
o Now, Governor Paterson will partner with the federal government to expand Family Health Plus to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, making more than 400,000 additional New Yorkers eligible for coverage.
o To fund this initiative, New York will request a waiver from the federal government to allow the state to tap into $30 billion of savings the state has already achieved in the Medicaid program.
D Governor Paterson announces legislation he will propose to expand health insurance coverage for family members up to the age of 29.
0 31 percent of New York's uninsured are ages 19 to 29.
o Although New York law does not require employers to offer dependent coverage, employers who do chose to offer coverage typically offer parents.coverage for dependents through age 18 (for everyone) and through age 22 (if attending college). Governor Paterson's proposed legislation expands coverage to
family members from ages 19 to 29 (regardless of whether they attend college).
o This would be a COBRA-like benefit. Families, not employers, would be required to pay the full cost of the policy, but the policy would cost significantly less since it would be offered under a group policy and it would be age rated.
o Based on New Jersey's experience, families could expect to pay 20 to 40 percent less than current
COBRA rates. I
D Governor Paterson proposes removing barriers to coverage until we caf~ enroll every New Yorker.who is eligible for publicly-funded coverage.
o Almost one-half of the 2.5 million uninsured children and adults are eligible today for Medicaid or Child Health Plus; that's why Governor Paterson is continuing efforts to make it easier for eligible New Yorkers to get and keep coverage. ' I
o Governor Paterson would eliminate the asset test and the finger pririting requirement.
o Governor Paterson would also eliminate the requirement that applicants appear for a "face-to-face" interview.
Governor Paterson proposes to increase the amount of funding available for hospitals, community health centers and community mental hygiene clinics serving increasing numbers of uninsured patients.
o The Governor has proposed adding $282 in to the Hospital Indigent Care Pool; over 50 percent of these funds will go to subsidize State public hospitals.
_ a- --The Governor has proposed doubling funding for the Diagnostic and Treatment Center (D&TC) Indigent Care Program from $55 million to $110 million through a federal waiver, and if successful, include community mental hygiene clinics in the Program:
D Governor Paterson proposes to reform Medicaid reimbursement to ensure that New Yorkers have access to primary and preventive care.
o New York's hospital inpatient rates are among the highest in the country and exceed the cost of hospital care for Medicaid patients. At the same time, Medicaid rates for ambulatory care (i.e, emergency rooms, physicians, clinics, and primary care) are well below costs. Furthermore, New York ranks low among
states on unnecessary hospitalizations - hospitalizations that could have been avoided if New Yorkers had timely access to good primary and preventive care.
o Governor Paterson proposes to reduce inpatient rates and reallocate the monies to higher reimbursement rates for ambulatory care settings.
ENSURING AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS
D We must ensure that every child is prepared for college - and that every child can afford to go.
o The only way to restore our long-term economic competitiveness is to build the world's best system of education.
o hi 2007, the unemployment rate for Americans with bachelor's degrees was 2.2 percent. For those with a high school diploma it was 4.4 percent. And for those without a high school diploma, the rate jumped to 7.1 percent.
D Governor Paterson proposes expanding public-private partnerships across New York to improve education outcomes and reduce the drop-out rate.
o According to the New York State Department of Education, approximately 35,776 students dropped out of school in 2007.
o African American and Hispanic students graduated at a rate of 51% and 47% respectively.
o Innovative educational models have raised high school graduation rates and prepared our most. disadvantaged children for college.
o One innovative program that has had proven success is Say Yes to Education - a public-private venture, which currently has New York chapters in Harlem and Syracuse. Say Yes takes a comprehensive approach to education, providing students with everything from after-school programming to health care support. The program supports students from kindergarten through high school and beyond.
o CUNY colleges are currently partnered with eleven early college high schools, serving 3,948 students in 2007-2008. Over 75 percent of these students are black or Hispanic, and 69 percent are eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch.
D Governor Paterson proposes establishing a $350 million New York State Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs), to provide affordable loans to students in need.
o The tight credit markets are making it more difficult for students to obtain the loans they need to attend higher education institutions.
o NYHELPs will serve approximately 45,000 college students in community colleges, four-year colleges, and graduate schools in New York State.
o The program will provide access to low-interest loans to New York State residents. Based on current market conditions, the fixed interest rate will be about 8%. An affordable variable interest rate option will also be available for students.
o It is anticipated that there will be a per year limit of $10,000 for the borrower.
o The fixed rate component of the program would be financed by tax-free bonds issued by the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REVITALIZATION
We must lay the foundation for the economy of the future, and that means investing in infrastructure. o The Metropolitan Transit Authority has projected that its 2009 budget gap will be at least $1.2 billion. Governor Paterson will implement the recommendations of the Ravitch Commission to keep the MTA strong.
o Governor Paterson will continue to move forward on major infrastructure projects across New York, including the Second Avenue Subway, the East Side Access, the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Peace Bridge.
o He will also consider the recommendations of the Commission on State Asset Maximization. Governor Paterson is a strong proponent of partnering with,the private sector to maximize public assets. The private sector can contribute expertise and much needed capital for existing asset classes, including
transportation, higher education, K-12 education, energy, and surplus properties.
D Governor Paterson reiterates his support for property tax relief and the need to lower the cost of doing business in New York.
o Governor Paterson has proposed capping property taxes, relieving state mandates, and helping improve the efficiency of local governments.
o There are more than 4,700 independent local government entities statewide, with municipal borders established centuries ago, supplemented by a tangle of special districts and entities providing a patchwork of services. .
o Specifically, Governor Paterson has called on the Legislature to join him in acting on the recommendations of the Commission on Property Tax Relief and the Commission on Local Government Efficiency.
D Governor Paterson puts forth bold reforms to the Empire Zone Program.
o The Empire Zone program was established to attract new business and to encourage existing businesses to expand and create more jobs. It is not working.
o The proposed reforms to the program will refocus the program's strategy on attracting commerce and industry to New York that will contribute economic benefits well in excess of the tax benefits provided; reduce the cost and limit out-year growth of the existing program; and significantly improve the accountability for the program by consolidating authority and responsibility for administration.
o There are currently 85 Empire Zones with more than 9,200 participants. Governor Paterson has proposed requiring every participant to produce 20 dollars of benefits for every dollar of state money invested.
' - -Only the programs that meet or exceed this requirement would continue to receive tax benefits. o These reforms will save the state $272 million in 2009-2010.
o Governor Paterson has proposed reinvesting $100 million of the ful~ annual Empire Zone savings to establish a new economic development grant program and to offer tax credits for research and development in strategic sectors-- -
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D Speaking of one state, one future, Governor Paterson is committed to developing and revitalizing every part of New York State.
o Governor Paterson has reunited New York's economic development programs, instead of keeping them split into Upstate and Downstate.
o Governor Paterson remains committed to the Upstate Revitalization Fund, and he has tasked the Empire State Development Corporation with identifying transformational projects Upstate.
BUILDING_ COMMUNITY,-STRENGTHENING SERVICE
In the wake of recent bias attacks, Governor Paterson leads a new charge against hate crimes.
o In 2007, there were 7,624 hate crimes reported across the country. In recent months hate-provoked murders have occurred in Suffolk County, Brooklyn, and Syracuse.
o Governor Paterson has asked all parents to redouble their efforts to teach their children respect for all people - no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
o He has also proposed strengthening a school-based curriculum that reinforces the critical message of acceptance and tolerance.
o In addition, the Governor will create a state network of school-based organizations that advocate for civil rights. These organizations will teach students about community organizing and the civil rights movement. Students will participate in education panels and assist in the coordination of a yearly conference to address the issues discussed at regional civil rights seminars.
Governor Paterson works to increase the level of volunteerism in New York.
o In these difficult times, when 225,000 New Yorkers may lose their jobs, community service is more important than ever. Not only must New Yorkers respect one another, they also must serve one another. o That is why Governor Paterson appointed First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson to serve as the honorary chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. In addition, he elevated the Chairwoman of the Commission, Susan Stern, to his cabinet.
o Last year, in New York State, nearly 3 million adults volunteered 397 million hours of community service. Volunteers contribute over $7 billion to our economy through their service each year.
o In an effort to bolster volunteerism and community involvement, Governor Paterson has proposed increasing the capacity of the seven existing Regional Volunteer Centers and funding the creation of three new Centers.
o Regional Volunteer Centers provide training and technical assistance for non-profit organizations to recruit, train, and retain volunteers. By increasing support for these Centers, Governor Paterson expects 4 million New Yorkers to engage in community and national service projects and contribute services valued at $9 billion in 2009.
Governor Paterson is deeply committed to defending those who defend us.
o Appropriate mental health services are lacking for military beneficiaries and families in New York.
o In November; Governor Paterson created the NYS Council on Returning Veterans and Their Families. The Council is charged with coordinating resources and services, eliminating barriers to services, and helping veterans and their families receive the supports and benefits they need to remain healthy and well, as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
o In July 2008, New York added mandatory behavioral health screening for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to the state's reintegration program for returning Guardsmen and their families.
o - Governor Paterson has called on the federal government to reform TRICARE, including reimbursing certified New York State providers for critically needed substance abuse and mental health care. He has also called on the federal government to fulfill its promise to provide health benefits to the first responders who acted so heroically on September 11 "', 2001.
o He has proposed creating a Veterans' Family Outreach Program to streamline the delivery of benefits and services to veterans and their families.
o Governor Paterson has also proposed increasing services for veterans who live in rural areas. He has proposed procuring two mobile Veterans Counseling Offices capable of stationing in the Adirondacks and Catskills, as well as adding two State Veteran Counselors targeted to veterans in the state's most rural areas.
o Finally, Governor Paterson has proposed increasing aid to County Veterans Service Agencies.

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For further information on this issue, contact:

Barbara Crosier

Vice President, Government Relations

Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS

90 State Street, Suite 929

Albany, New York 12207

Phone:  (518) 436-0178

Fax:  (518) 436-8619

E-mail:  [email protected]

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