Brewster, N.Y. – 04/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a Special Needs Awareness Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus.

Over thirty vendors will provide awareness, information, and resources for families with special needs. Senator Greg Ball has worked to organize the event with his Special Needs Advisory Council.

“Making ends meet, raising a family and keeping everything together in New York State can be challenging. Those families trying to provide necessary services to family members with special needs face even greater hurdles and challenges. Compounding this problem, we are seeing cuts to the vital services and resources needed by these families,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Last year, as a member of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to restore cuts that were initially proposed by the Governor to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. I hope this event helps shine a bright light on this issue and helps provide information and services to those who care for one of our most vulnerable populations.”

Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, will also make a special appearance at the event.

Last year, Senator Greg Ball voted to restore up to $90 million in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The restoration amends the 2013-14 Executive Budget, which originally called for reducing the agency’s budget by $90 million due to a $1.1 billion federal reduction in aid.

This funding will allow the agency to continue its vital mission to provide critical care to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, while reversing decades of mismanagement and overpayments that resulted in a decline of services to this vulnerable population.

If you would like to more information about the event, or you would like to reserve a vendor table you can contact Suzy Rhodes at or 845-279-3773.

What: Special Needs Awareness Day

When: Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus: 15 Mt. Ebo Road South, Brewster, NY

Contact: Joe Bachmeier, or (845) 531-9796


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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