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Legislature plans on restoring development disabilities cuts

The state Senate and Assembly majorities have agreed to restore $120 million in spending that was slashed from the state budget in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 30-day amendments.

"Both majorities have already agreed to restore these cuts," said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif.

The amended budget would have lowered the reimbursement rate for nonprofit providers who care for people with developmental disabilities. Reif added that it is always a priority to assist the impacted providers of this vulnerable population.

Since the cut was announced, state Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, said his office has been inundated with calls and emails opposed to a reduction in the rate.

"It didn't make sense, because you're also losing federal money," he said, noting the potential loss of matching funds. "It was a double whammy"

Farley added that the Senate was also opposed to this cut because it came so late in the process, which would have made it particularly hard to absorb. He said somewhere else will need to be cut in order to restore this funding.

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanseburg, and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, were scheduled to have a news conference in Rotterdam this afternoon to oppose the planned cuts. We will update the blog with their comments later.

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