Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) was extremely disappointed to see that the enacted budget includes a $90 million cut to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

“The cuts to OPWDD will have a drastic and long-lasting negative impact on those who need our help the most,” said McLaughlin. 

“I am deeply saddened and angered that many of our state leaders, and the Governor, did not find room in a $142 billion budget for our most vulnerable citizens, but made room for a $420 million credit for Hollywood to film in New York. The lack of restoration in this alleged bipartisan agreement is deplorable and disrespectful to not only the thousands of individuals who will be affected by these draconian cuts, but also their families who rely on services and programs to care for their loved ones who now have to compete with Hollywood millionaires for state funding.

“Over the last month, I had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of individuals and their families who will be affected by these cuts. Meeting these wonderful people and the over 2,500 phone calls, letters and emails I have received about these cuts will not be soon forgotten. I empathize with all who are affected and will continue to fight to restore this aid that is so desperately needed.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.



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