Aileen Gunther

The Story Behind Kendra’s Law

May 21, 2017
Photo of Kendra Webdale, courtesy of the Webdale family.
Webdale family

The New York state Assembly’s mental health committee is reviewing a bill that would remove the sunset clause from a law responsible for mandating treatment of people with mental illness. Called Kendra’s Law, it was conceived in 1999 and has been a source of debate ever since.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

BETHEL – A game changer for the Catskills and the Hudson Valley is how Governor Andrew Cuomo described the passage of Proposal 1, to legalize casino gambling in New York. He came to Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, the day after the state constitutional amendment was approved.

Cuomo, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), State Senator John Bonacic (R, Mount Hope) and local officials heralded the change to the New York State Constitution as the boost this area’s economy needs.

ROCK HILL – A large turnout of Sullivan County residents, public officials, business leaders and union labor conducted the first effort to educate New York residents about the upcoming vote on the November ballot to legalize casino gaming.

Three areas of the state, including the Catskills, would vie for four casinos with one region getting two and the others, one each.

The “Get Out the Vote” rally held Wednesday night at The Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill heard from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), who said the issue has been on the burner for some four decades.

Anna Strumillo

ALBANY – The State Assembly has restored the $90 million that was cut from the budget of the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in a move supported for area legislators.  The money had been cut in the governor’s state budget this spring.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh), who is chairwoman of the Mental Hygiene Committee, said the money is important to the many organizations that serve those in need.