Advocates plea to prevent cuts for disabled in NY

Advocates for programs that help New Yorkers with developmental disabilities took their case to the offices of state Sen. David Carlucci in Rockland yesterday to protest proposed cuts that they say will be a huge loss here at home.

Carlucci says he understands that cuts to programs like the Arc and Jawonio could have serious consequences for the people involved. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a 5 percent cut to such programs, and people like Joseph Borno, of Spring Valley, who bases his daily life around the programs' benefits, says he's not sure what he'll do if he loses that support.

"They house me, they drive me to the stores, the mall, to the movies, to Albany. If these cuts go through, I don't know what I'll do with the rest of my life," Borno says.

State budget talks are ongoing, but Cuomo says that his cuts will have to go through if lawmakers can't reach a deal by the April 1 deadline that he has set.Cuomo takes budget-cuts message to Hudson Valley

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."