OPWDD Funding Officially Restored, Walter Declares

Assemblyman Ray Walter declares victory after Governor Cuomo signs bill into law that restores OPWDD funding.

 Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) recently declared victory after Gov. Cuomo finally signed the restoration of all funding to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) into law.  During budget negotiations in March, Walter implored his colleagues across the aisle to vote with him on an amendment to the budget that would have restored this devastating $90 million cut. After hours of debate, only two members of the Majority joined Walter and the Assembly Minority Conference in voting yes to the reinstatement of funds. Later in June, legislators came to an agreement with Gov. Cuomo to fully restore the millions taken away from the affected non-profit organizations.

 “I swore I would do everything in my power to have these funds restored and, in the end, we prevailed,” said Walter. “I have spoken with parents, families and individuals with disabilities, as well as many of the 12,500 employees of the agencies providing these supports and services in Western New York; all of them explained how critical this funding is and the importance of its reinstatement.”

 To see Ray Walter and other members of the Minority Conference speak in support of OPWDD and the developmentally disabled… click below. 







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