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3-20-13 CP NEWS

3/20/2013 3:19:00 PM

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3/19/13 Affiliate Update

(Volume #19 – Issue #6)


New Yorkers with Disabilities Need YOU


People with developmental disabilities and their families, along with staff and volunteers from non-profit organizations that provide critical supports and services, rallied at three downstate sites on March 15.  The message to the Legislature was clear.  Albany cannot proceed with the cuts in funding that will result in the loss of services and jobs and severely impact local economies. Legislators were invited to speak.


The three downstate gatherings came one week after rallies and news conferences in Schenectady, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Niagara Falls attracted thousands of concerned citizens.


The downstate events included:


• New York City – Rally outside the Governor’s NYC Office 633 3rd Avenue.

• Hudson Valley - Rally in the Valley! – Letchworth Village, Town of Stony Point.
• Long Island - Rally in front of Governor Cuomo's Long Island office at the Perry Duryea State Office Building in Hauppauge.


As of this writing, the proposed state budget still contained dramatic cuts that will require non-profit organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities to curtail services, cut salaries and benefits and lay off staff.  Despite legislation limiting executive salaries and administrative costs at or below 15% of their budgets, the governor has said that he expects agencies to take the cuts out of executive salaries and administrative costs.


The final state budget is expected to be passed by March 22.


-Al Shibley


Queens CP Rallies on March 15

People from CP of NYS Affiliate Queens Centers for Progress gather for rally on March 15.







A Vigil has been under way since March 11 in the War Room of the New York State Capitol in Albany to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to include full restoration of the 6% cuts to services for people with developmental disabilities in the final state budget. The Vigil will run through March 22. People with disabilities, members of their families, volunteers and staff members from not-for-profit agencies around the state providing supports and services will participate in the Vigil.


This is a Vigil, not a sit-in, demonstration or rally. Vigil participants will not carry posters or banners and will not chant or shout slogans. People at the Vigil may send notes into the Governor asking him to meet with them and directly hear their plea for full restoration of the proposed 6% cut. 


-Al Shibley






News Conferences and public rallies against a proposed 6% cut in Medicaid funding for services to people with developmental disabilities have begun to catch the attention of the general public, the media and key legislators from around the state.


Events in Albany, Buffalo, Manhattan, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse were attended by more than one-thousand people. Numerous legislators from both the Assembly and the State Senate spoke at each of the events. The legislators, program participants, representatives of CP of NYS and its Affiliates and other non-profit providers agreed that the proposed cuts in funding for supports and services would be devastating and require organizations to reduce services and staff, resulting in a reduced quality of life for many of the more than 120,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.


In addition to the very public events, nearly 100,000 letters have been sent from people all over the state to their representatives in Albany asking them to oppose the proposed cuts in funding for services.


-Al Shibley



Senator David Carlucci and Shameka Andrews


Senator David Carlucci listens as Shameka Andrews tells those attending a March 6 news conference in Albany how a cut in services will impact her.


Shameka Andrews and Ed Bartz

Andrews listens as Ed Bartz, from the Center for Disability Services, addresses the news conference using his communication device.


Rally in ManhattanManhattan Rally

People gathered under a cold rain in Manhattan to ask NYS not to cut funds for people with developmental disabilities.



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