Assemblyman John Ceretto today announced the passing of bipartisan legislation to restore funding to programs for people with developmental disabilities. Ceretto, who co-sponsored the legislation, worked with his Assembly colleagues to restore funding for the programs that people with developmental disabilities rely on to maintain their quality of life. Ceretto has been a vocal advocate for the restoration of the funding since it was cut from the budget in March.
"I have been pushing for the restoration of funding for programs that benefit people with developmental disabilities since the funding was cut in the budget. This cut was one of the biggest problems with the budget, and I am extremely pleased to work with my Assembly colleagues to help restore the money," he said. "Many of my fellow lawmakers took issue with the cut, and we all are backing up our words with action by ensuring that people with developmental disabilities have the services they need in their day-to-day lives."
After the $90 million budget cut was finalized, a workgroup was appointed to develop a savings plan to minimize the effect of the cut. To the extent that the savings identified by the workgroup does not fully cover the $90 million, this legislation will fund the difference and ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the services that they need to maintain their quality of life.
Ceretto has been pushing for the restoration of the cut since it was made in the budget. He voted in favor of an amendment that would have restored the cut and spoke in support of restoration. He also attended a rally with other Western New York legislators to push for the restoration of these funds.