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CP NEWS - 11/22/11 - Vol. 17, No. 9

11/22/2011 9:26:00 PM

CP of NYS NEWS -- 11/22/11

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Volume 17 – Issue # 9

 

NEWS

 

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011 – IN THIS ISSUE

 

 

 

2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference a Success

Governor Cuomo Warns of Increasing Budget Deficit

Super Committee Announces No Agreement Possible

CP of NYS Gets HUD Funds for Apartment Construction

Governor Announces “Missing Adult Alerts”

Comptroller:  Late State Payments Hurt Non-Profits

 

 


2011 CP of NYS ANNUAL CONFERENCE A SUCCESS

 

A Keynote Address by actress and comedienne Geri Jewell kicked off the 2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference and helped to energize and motivate participants for two days of meetings and educational sessions attended by almost 800 people representing all 24 CP of NYS Affiliates.

Jewell talked about the difficulties that she has faced in both her personal and professional life. Her 90 minute presentation included personal stories; some humorous and others that revealed the pain and the challenges she has encountered as a person with disabilities. Many of the more than 300 people in attendance gained new perspective after viewing life through her eyes.


The event was conducted October 24-26 at the Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs and featured over 50 workshops, meetings and other presentations by nationally-known and respected speakers from colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, government and the health care industry presenting the latest information on issues important to people with disabilities, their families and those who provide them with support and services.

 

On Monday, October 24, more than 450 people attended the CP of NYS Annual Awards Banquet to honor a dozen organizations and individuals for their contributions to people with disabilities. The next evening another 460 people attended the Celebrate Staff Banquet to recognize dozens of outstanding employees from CP of NYS Affiliates across the state.

The Conference concluded October 26 with a presentation by award-winning filmmaker Alexander Freeman. He closed the event with a plenary presentation, showing clips from two of his films and discussing his life as a student and aspiring filmmaker with a disability.  (You can see the full text of Alex’s remarks here: Closing Plenary Speech by Alex Freeman
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Thanks to our Conference sponsors Irwin Siegel Agency, BDO USA , NU Concept Food Services , and Human Services Self-Insurance Fund.

 

For more on the 2011 Annual conference, including photos from the event, please visit our website at http://www.cpofnys.org/Affiliates_Services/AnnualConference/2011Conferencehighlights.aspx .

 

The 2012 Annual Conference is scheduled for October 22-24 at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel.

 

Al Shibley

 

Alexander Freeman, special closing session speaker, at the Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs.

 

  

 

 

 Jim Williams

 Jim Williams, from CP of the North Country, speaks to the audience after accepting the Robert Schonhorn Staff Member of the Year Award at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner.

  

 

 

Jim Moran and Robin Gray

 Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities James Moran, with Visions of New York art contest winner Robin Gray, from UCP of New York City.

 

 

 

Staff Recognition Award Winners from Queens CP

 

 Indrani Seemangal, Jeffrey Howard and Regina Parrish-Cawley, from Queens Centers for Progress, were among 56 employees from CP of NYS Affiliates honored at the CP of NYS Staff Recognition Dinner on October 25 in Saratoga Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

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GOVERNOR CUOMO WARNS OF INCREASING BUDGET DEFICIT

The State’s Mid-Year Financial Plan Update was released by the NYS Division of Budget (DOB) on November 14, 2011. DOB reports that a $350 million deficit has emerged in the current fiscal year (SFY 2011-2012) and the budget deficit for next year has grown to somewhere in the range of $3 billion to $3.5 billion. The Cuomo Administration will develop a plan to close this year’s budget gap by the end of the fiscal year, but it is unclear if the Legislature will need to be called back into a special session to do so. The report attributed the deficits to lower than expected revenue receipts from personal, sales and business taxes.

Meanwhile, pressure has been growing for Governor Cuomo to consider extending the personal income tax surcharge on high income earners (or “millionaire’s tax”) beyond its expiration on December 31, 2011. The extension of this tax would cover most if not all of the State deficit, and create an annual revenue stream going forward of $4 billion to $5 billion. It is also worthy to note that the School Aid and Medicaid budgets, which make up roughly half of the budget were negotiated for two years in last year’s budget, and are scheduled to increase by about 4% next year. These scheduled increases step up the pressure to find additional revenues for next year’s budget.

 

Barbara Crosier

 

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SUPER COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NO AGREEMENT POSSIBLE

 

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee” (members pictured below), announced on Monday, November 21 that they would not be able to come to an agreement by the November 23, 2011 deadline because Republican Supercommittee members were unwilling to consider any tax increases and Democratic Supercommittee members were unwilling to consider spending cuts without tax increases.  As a result of their inability to come to a compromise agreement, the sequestration, or automatic cuts across the board, will be triggered. Governor Cuomo sent a Letter to the New York State Congressional Delegation on Friday, November 18, expressing concern of the fiscal impact on New York State if Congress were unable to come to an agreement.  The NYS Division of the Budget estimates that sequestration will cost New York State $5 billion in federal funding over 10 years.

This sequestration or automatic cuts will begin in 2013. Under the sequester rules, roughly half of the spending cuts would come from defense and homeland security, and the other half from domestic programs such as roads, education, energy and housing-with Social Security and Medicaid exempt.

 

The Congressional Budget Office estimates domestic programs would take a 7.8% cut, while defense programs would get cut by 10%. Medicare spending, mostly payments to providers, would decrease by 2%. This would yield $68 billion in savings in 2013, and more savings in future years by ratcheting down the baseline level of spending.

These procedures were established under the Budget and Control Act of 2011. All parties seem to be looking to the outcome of the 2012 presidential and congressional races to reduce the deficit. There has been talk of amending the across the board cuts but President Obama has stated that he will veto any restorations that do not include additional revenues to pay for them.

Barbara Crosier

 

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CP OF NYS GETS HUD FUNDS FOR APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION

 

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) was awarded funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for construction of a 14-unit independent living, low income housing facility for people with disabilities. The $2.7 million award will be used to construct the facility, called West Farms Apartments, on Boston Road in the Bronx as well as for rent subsidies. The residential facility will be built above the newly constructed CP of NYS West Farms Center and Metro Community Health Center.

 

The HUD funds will be coupled with proceeds of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) to provide the total capital required to construct the West Farms Apartments. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2013 and is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

Al Shibley

 

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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES “MISSING ADULT ALERTS”

 

Much like the Amber Alert system for missing children, New York now has a statewide alert system that will help find vulnerable adults who become lost. The new system was officially launched earlier this month and is intended to help find vulnerable adults who become lost. The "Missing Adult Alerts" system, similar to the nationwide Amber Alert program, will assist local law enforcement officials in notifying communities when a cognitively impaired New Yorker goes missing. "The new system will help law enforcement find elderly and impaired New Yorkers who become lost and get them home safely," Governor Cuomo said.

 

Governor Cuomo signed a new law in July that created the notification system to provide rapid public dissemination of information regarding adults with dementia, Alzheimer's, or other cognitive challenges who go missing. The same tools the state's Missing Persons Clearinghouse and State Police use to issue an AMBER Alert to find missing children will now be activated for missing vulnerable adults as well. These include distribution of posters, a toll-free twenty-four hour hotline, and partnerships with local broadcasters for quick dissemination of information. Anyone interested in receiving these alerts may also sign up to receive them through the NY-ALERT system at www.nyalert.gov

 

 

 

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Ninety-five percent of people who go missing because they suffer from a cognitive impairment are found within a quarter mile of their home or the place where they were last seen. New Yorkers who encounter a missing person, or believe they have identified a vehicle mentioned in a Missing Person Alert, should immediately call 911.

 

Barbara Crosier

 

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COMPTROLLER:  LATE STATE PAYMENTS HURT NON-PROFITS

 

Late approval of contracts and late payments to not-for-profit service providers by state agencies are jeopardizing critical services for people in communities across New York, according to a November 14, 2011 report released by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

 

Analysis by the Comptroller’s office of the first six months of 2011 revealed that nearly 90 percent of contracts approved by the Comptroller were submitted late by state agencies. These delays create financial difficulties for organizations, which cannot be paid until contracts are approved. The Comptroller’s report states that “New York relies heavily on not-for-profits to provide basic services – from health care clinics to work force development programs – with 22,000 active grant contracts totaling $16.8 billion. The not-for-profit sector employed 1.25 million people statewide in 2010, 14 percent of New York’s workforce, and contributed nearly $148 billion in annual revenue to the state’s economy.

 

The Comptroller’s report concludes that solutions for many of the issues facing not-for-profits can only be achieved through executive and legislative action.  DiNapoli has submitted

 

 

 

legislation to improve that grant contracting process and require agencies to pay interest on late contracts earlier to eas the financial burden on not-for-profits.

 

Barbara Crosier

 

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