Area service providers warned that the tight budget would most definitely be felt at the local level. Lynne Sessions of The Arc Otsego, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities, pointed out that a drop in services might force some people into institutions.
Paul C. Landers, president and chief executive officer at Pathfinder Village, expressed hope that the state would find another solution.
“This is not the right way for the state to meet its budget challenges,” he told The Daily Star in March. “Hopefully they will come up with a better way.”
Fortunately, Landers got his wish. The Assembly and Senate were unanimous in their approval of the bill, which fully restores the $90 million.
The Associated Press described several Assembly members as being in tears as Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island made an impassioned speech about how much the cuts would hurt children.
A cynic might wonder why this conversation didn’t happen three months ago. We’re just happy the money is back where it belongs.