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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2014 NYSARC Award Winners and Recognitions

NYSARC proudly announces the following award winners who were recently recognized at the 65th Annual Convention in Albany, NY. Cheryl Englert | 2014 Volunteer of the Year Ms. Stuart is from our Livingston-Wyoming Counties Chapter and is being recognized for her exceptional dedication to service and advocacy on the behalf of people with developmental disabilities. Michelle King | 2014 Self-Advocate […]

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2014 Media, Quill and Choice Award Winners

2014 Media Awards The NYSARC Media Awards recognize a significant contribution and ongoing commitment through journalism toward furthering public awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Winners are nominated by our Chapters.                   Allentown Industries Honors Its Own – Sharon Cantillon Category: Photography 1st Place: “Allentown Industries Honors Its […]

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Politics As It Happens: Another Disallowance: Feds Want $23 million Back from NYS for Supported Employment

According to an article in the Washington Examiner:  “While the supported employment program requires beneficiaries to have a competitive job that pays the minimum wage or more, IG auditors discovered that some beneficiaries earned less money or were not employed at all. Others received their entire salaries from the healthcare providers themselves.” This action would […]

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