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June 17, 2013

Crouch: Budget cuts to be restored

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — An agreement has been reached in the state Legislature that would restore funding to programs for the developmentally disabled, according to a media release from Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Guilford. 

Crouch announced that the $90 million cut earlier this year from the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities would be rest would come from “management efficiencies or an influx of money,” according to the release. 

According to the bill language, proposed and amended by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Island, a previously established working group will come up with savings recommendations without impacting vital programs such as adult day care. If the savings fall short of the $90 million objective, state funds will be used to make up for the difference.

“This is a huge victory for us, as a conference, but more importantly, for the people with developmental disabilities. This proves that hard work and dedication can and will pay off,” said Crouch. “Quite frankly, this part of the budget should never have been cut in the first place. But now, the money that has been secured in this agreement will go a long way to provide the necessary staff, services, and living conditions for the most vulnerable in our society. This is a great moment for everyone.”

The bill earned the governor’s blessing, and almost unanimous approval in the state Assembly, according to the release, with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, as the lone holdout. The state Legislature is expected to act on a bill next week, the final week of the legislative session.