New York state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, who chairs the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, has a new date to discuss proposed budget cuts for programs run for people with developmental disabilities.
The discussion scheduled for Thursday evening has been cancelled due to the coming snow storm, ARC of Rockland said.
Carlucci will meet March 14 with ARC of Rockland board members and upper management staff to discuss potential ramifications of the proposed 6 percent cut. The meeting will be held at ARC headquarters, 25 Hemlock Drive, Congers.
“These cuts will be disastrous to our most vulnerable citizens,” ARC Executive Director Karyl Caplan said in a news release. “Such a significant slashing of funds will inevitably mean the curtailment of some of the vital services now available to people with developmental disabilities in Rockland and across the state.”
Kaplan said if layoffs become necessary, health and safety risks will be a major concern.
“New York must stay true to its commitment to provide appropriate and adequate care to people with developmental disabilities and their families,” Kaplan said.
Sen. David Carlucci, upper right