Weisenberg Pressures Cuomo Administration to Restore Disability Funding

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Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg may have put the governor’s office in a corner.

The Assembly is poised this week to vote on the Long Island lawmaker’s bill that restores $90 million in funding to disabled services that had been cut from the state budget in March. Weisenberg discussed the bill with Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz and State Budget Director Bob Megna on Tuesday.

“They’re panicking,” Weisenberg said. “I have every member of the Assembly on my bill and the Senate promised to restore the money.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally proposed to eliminate $120 million for disabled programs to offset the loss of federal reimbursement funds for Medicaid, but $30 million was put back in the budget. A Cuomo spokesman said that the administration is working with providers to “direct resources toward treatment and services and away from bureaucracy and administrative pay.”

But Weisenberg chastised Cuomo for a “total disregard for the Legislature” and for protecting state facilities over nonprofit agencies in the budget.

“The governor disregarded the voice of the people which is unanimous,” he said.

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