New York Lawmaker Michael Kearns Suing Own Government Over Sex Offender Placement

From Newsday: “The state’s placement of six convicted sex offenders at adjoining group homes for the disabled in suburban Buffalo a year ago upset neighbors to the point that many marched in protest. Now their assemblyman is suing his own government for an explanation why the men are living in a residential neighborhood near a […]

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Politics As It Happens: 12-4-14 Meeting With Governor Cuomo’s Staff

On Thursday, Dec, 4, ALIA, CP of NYS, DDAWNY, IAC, NYSARC and SANYS met with members of Governor Cuomo’s program, counsel and fiscal staff to convey the profound disappointment, anger and desperation of families in the wake of the Governor’s vetoes of legislation that they had believed would begin to address the problems, of access […]

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Politics As It Happens: Lawmakers Poised To Vote On ABLE Act

Congress is set to act this week on legislation that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. Click here to read the article.

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Politics As It Happens: Advocates Dismayed Over Vetoes

On Nov. 10, a package of four bills concerning services for people with developmental disabilities were delivered to the Governor to be either vetoed or approved. The bills were passed by the Legislature during the concluding days of the 2014 legislative session. The Governor’s decision was due on Nov. 21. Representatives of all major associations […]

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Politics As It Happens: Advocates Eye Expanding State Budget Surplus

With receipt of yet another bank settlement, New York State’s budget surplus has grown to $4.8 billion. That latest settlement includes $315 million from the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.  The growing windfall is attracting the attention of advocacy groups, including those representing people with developmental disabilities. Cuts to developmental disability services over the past few […]

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Politics As It Happens: Preliminary Election Results

Key Developments:  Republicans Capture State Senate; Cuomo re-elected; NYS House Democrats lose three Seats; Republicans capture US Senate, increase House control “Thank you for four more years…we’re going to do more great things……You ain’t seen nothing yet.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo last night     (SEARCH COMPLETE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS UNOFFICIAL RESULTS) State […]

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Politics As It Happens: Editorial Comments on Transparency in Governor’s Office

Below is an editorial from the Glens Falls Post Star commenting on the issue of transparency in the Governor’s Office. The editorial is based on a previous news story which was posted on this blog on October 24. The editorial raises concerns about transparency which have, among other areas, gained considerable attention in the field of […]

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Politics As It Happens: Governor tightly controls public information

It’s a well know secret that the Governor’s Office very tightly controls information.  In light of that common knowledge the following story is of interest and notes outstanding information requests which, among others, relate to key issues concerning people with disabilities. The Governor’s approach appears to have it’s origin in issues relating to people with developmental […]

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