Ball to Paterson: Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the disabled

Assemblyman Ball says “No way” to $370 million in OMRDD service cuts

In response to Governor David Paterson’s call for a ten percent across-the-board cut in funding to the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today said he was doing all he could to stop the cuts.

“These proposed cuts in state OMRDD funding mean the loss of matching federal Medicaid funds as well,” Ball said. “This funding represents basic operational costs, and adults with developmental disabilities rely on these funds. We all know things are tighter than ever, and the state should step up and do its part, but pick-pocketing the disabled to fill a budget gap is not the answer.”

Ball, who voted against the irresponsible state budget months ago, opposes Paterson’s current Deficit Reduction Plan that would slash funding for services provided by nonprofit agencies for people with developmental disabilities. These service cuts would be devastating, especially to residential and day services, and could result in staff layoffs as well as the potential closure of some day facilities.

Additionally, Ball has been a staunch advocate for persons with developmental disabilities, such as Autism. In fact, Ball is the original author and sponsor of the state’s first statewide Autism insurance coverage legislation, which gained significant bipartisan support in both houses during the 2009 Legislative Session.

“If accepted by the Legislature, these cuts will endanger the health and safety of our extremely vulnerable population and destroy the quality of care for the neediest among us,” Ball added. “I urge all New Yorkers to step up and tell their state legislators we cannot afford cuts to OMRDD.”

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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