Restoration of funds eyed for agencies

ALBANY – Both houses of the state Legislature are considering bills to fully restore the 4.5 percent in cuts for developmentally disabled programs passed in the state budget earlier this year.

The new state budget cut $90 million in aid statewide for programs that help the disabled through the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

Lexington Center in Fulton County and Liberty Enterprises in Montgomery County – the local chapters of NYSARC that support people with disabilities – are affected by the reductions.

Proposed legislation – The People with Developmental Disabilities Restoration and Reinvestment Act of 2013 – would reinstate the 4.5 percent cuts. The Assembly bill, A.6692, is on the floor in a third reading. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, who represents the 111th state Assembly District of Montgomery, Albany and Schenectady counties, is a co-sponsor of Weisenberg’s bill.

“Restoring funding to OPWDD is the right thing to do,” Santabarbara said in a news release.

The Senate bill, S.4777, is in the Senate Finance Committee.