Politics As It Happens: Cuomo’s State of the State features Opportunity Agenda

Governor Cuomo presented his 2015 State of the State message this afternoon.  The hour and a half address was held in the Convention Center in the Empire State Plaza. The Governor went through a laundry list of issues and reforms including, among others, criminal justice, education, infrastructure and revitalization of upstate New York. Steven Kroll, […]

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Politics As It Happens: DRNY files complaint against Justice Center

Disability Rights New York (“DRNY”), New York State’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency, filed a federal complaint on Friday against the Justice Center for failing to provide “timely” responses to DRNY’s request for information pertaining to cases under investigation by the Justice Center. DRNY also maintains that the information it receives from the Justice Center is […]

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Politics as it Happens: NY Times story reveals challenge of at home care

This New York Times story illustrates the extreme challenges facing parents of family members with developmental disabilities living at home. The story is about a young man in Kentucky. It echoes a similar issue in New York State where an increasing number of aging parents, despite their own age related disabilities, are trying to care […]

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Politics as it Happens: Former Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82 – championed the rights and dignity of people with developmental disabilities

Former Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82 – championed the rights and dignity of people with developmental disabilities Former Governor Mario Cuomo died yesterday at age 82.  First elected in 1982, Cuomo served as Governor for 12 years.  He presided over an enormous expansion of community based programs for people with developmental disabilities primarily in […]

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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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