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Issue Position: Special Needs

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New York State is not properly sharing the burden of assisting those who need a little more help.

The State has stopped funding needed additional housing despite a long-waiting list of people with disabilities.

The State has shifted most of the cost of early intervention programs to the counties and has reneged on its promise to increase its contribution.

The State has failed to enact meaningful laws to require health insurers to cover usual and routine treatments for people with autism.

The State needs to resolve these and numerous other issues.

Most importantly, the State must recognize the tremendous cost of deferring solutions -- not just in wasted lives of people with disabilities but in the additional tax dollars that will eventually be needed to deal with the results of the neglect.

As County Legislator, I have been an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities. As Assemblyman, I will provide the leadership needed in Albany.

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