State Restores Portion Of Disability Funding Cut From Budget

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Health Care, Heard Around Town

State disability providers got back one-quarter of the funding slashed from the budget when lawmakers announced over the weekend that they will restore $30 million in state funds and another $30 million in federal funds to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. The office faces $240 million in cuts, and it remains unclear how the pain will be divvied out. State Sen. David Carlucci said he was “disappointed” with the restoration and would work to get additional funding, perhaps by utilizing… [More]

Legislators Make Last Ditch Effort to Keep Hospital on Life Support

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Health Care, Heard Around Town, News

Assemblyman Karim Camara The State University of New York voted again this week for the controversial closure of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, but lawmakers are making a last ditch effort to keep the money-losing hospital open. Assemblyman Karim Camara said yesterday evening that negotiations were ongoing to secure funding in the state budget, even though the broad outlines have already been agreed upon. “Right now the hospital, its very existence is in jeopardy, and we need the state to assist it,” said Camara,… [More]

2013 Legislative Preview: Health Care

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Health Care

This coming year is expected to be a big one for health care in New York, due to President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act, passed in 2009 but slated to take effect in 2014. While many states hoped that the Supreme Court would overturn the law, New York was one of the few states that prepared for its implementation. Ever since Congress approved the legislation, the state Department of Health has been taking steps to ensure that New York would… [More]

2013 Legislative Preview

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Housing, Labor/Unions, Public Safety, Racing/Wagering, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 legislative agenda was already poised to be an ambitious one, with education reform, economic development and creating a state campaign finance system among the governor’s crowded list of policy goals. Then came Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled New York City, and the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Webster, N.Y., crises that immediately shifted the state’s priorities and added a whole new set of challenges to be overcome. “The agenda that we laid out today is clearly… [More]