Walter, Colleagues Succesfully Secure Funding for Disabled

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) and his colleagues in the assembly recently announced they have successfully secured funding to eliminate the $90 million cut that had been levied upon the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The legislators came to an agreement with Gov. Cuomo on Thursday that will fully restore the $90 million that was taken away from non-profit organizations that provide critical, cost-effective services to people with developmental disabilities. The bill to reinstate this funding will be voted on next week, the last week of the legislative session.

 “New York State can only be truly strong if we care for those who need our help the most, and these non-profits provide absolutely vital services in a cost-effective manner,” said Walter.  “I swore I would do everything in my power to have these funds restored, and in the end, we prevailed. These families and organizations desperately need this money and I’m proud to finally see my colleagues in the Assembly join me in pledging to restore these funds.”

 Back in March, Assemblyman Walter implored his colleagues across the aisle to vote with him on an amendment to the budget that would have restored this unfortunate $90 million cut. After hours of debate, only two members of the Majority joined Walter and the Assembly Republicans in voting yes to the reinstatement of funds.



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