disabled http://wamc.org en NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care http://wamc.org/post/nys-assemblyman-settles-suit-over-disabled-sons-care <p>A New York assemblyman and longtime advocate for the disabled has settled a federal lawsuit claiming his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at the Long Island group home where he resides&hellip;</p><p>Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential ---</p><p>Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, claimed AHRC Nassau was responsible for an employee they allege repeatedly abused their son Ricky, now 55.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:02:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 75093 at http://wamc.org NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care Public Education/DSS Partnership http://wamc.org/post/public-educationdss-partnership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.berkshirefarm.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Berkshire Farm Center &amp; Services for Youth </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is one of New York State’s leading nonprofit child welfare agencies and has a distinguished history of working with children and families for 125 years.</span></p><p>On Thursday, May 23, representatives from the New York State Assembly and the <a href="http://www.nysed.gov/">New York State Department of Education</a> joined dozens of school superintendents and agency officials at <a href="https://www.questar.org/">Questar III BOCES</a> to announce a new partnership to support students, families and young adults in the Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68773 at http://wamc.org Public Education/DSS Partnership Albany Gives Budget Bill Rare Unanimous "O.K.!" http://wamc.org/post/albany-gives-budget-bill-rare-unanimous-ok <p></p><p>The elimination of $90 million in funding for disabled programs from the budget in March has been reversed by rare unanimous action in a divided Albany.</p><p>The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved restoring the funds. A day earlier, the Assembly unanimously passed the measure. For the first time ever in the Legislature, every Assembly member signed as co-sponsors.</p><p>Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island, who has a disabled son, joined with Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn to celebrate after final legislative passage.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:34:55 +0000 Dave Lucas 67329 at http://wamc.org Albany Gives Budget Bill Rare Unanimous "O.K.!" PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board http://wamc.org/post/pvta-fare-hikes-rejected-governing-board <p>Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.&nbsp; But, the &nbsp;Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will need more revenue next year to avoid a budget deficit and possible service cuts.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 41973 at http://wamc.org PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board Governor Cuomo Plans to Propose New Agency http://wamc.org/post/governor-cuomo-plans-propose-new-agency <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to propose creating a new agency to oversee care of the disabled.</p><p>The New York Times reports that Cuomo will announce the proposal this week in response to the state&rsquo;s history of overlooking abuse of the disabled living in publicly financed housing, a group numbering nearly one million.</p><p>The paper says the new law enforcement and oversight agency will monitor the care of several types of at-risk patients. It would also be granted subpoena power.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:16:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 38413 at http://wamc.org Governor Cuomo Plans to Propose New Agency Report: Cuomo Official Sought to Bar Whistleblower http://wamc.org/post/report-cuomo-official-sought-bar-whistleblower <p>A published report says the Cuomo administration tried to keep a whistleblower from a Senate hearing on the state&#39;s care for the disabled. WAMC&rsquo;s Dave Lucas reports&hellip;</p><p>The New York Times named the whistleblower: state worker Jeffrey Monsour, an outspoken critic of the system that provides care to thousands of people.</p><p>It says his invitation to the Monday hearing was pulled at the administration&#39;s request. But Monsour is now expected to attend the panel discussion after the administration relented.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:37:28 +0000 Dave Lucas 37471 at http://wamc.org Report: Cuomo Official Sought to Bar Whistleblower