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April 2, 2015

NYS Senator: Keep Work Centers Open Across New York State

Category: General — NYSID @ 5:31 pm

NYS Senator Robert Ortt (R/C/I–North Tonawanda) recently sent a letter to Kerry Delaney, acting commissioner of the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in support of New Yorkers with disabilities, and work centers in his Senate District.

Senator Ortt, chairman of the NYS Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo and OPWDD to protect the work centers from closure.

“As someone who fought overseas to defend our freedoms, I’m urging OPWDD and the governor to allow those in the disability community to keep their voices and their freedoms,” Senator Ortt’s letter reads, in part. “We need to protect the employment and lifestyle opportunities that sheltered workshops provide for individuals with disabilities. Together, we can make this happen.”

The full text of the letter appeared March 30 in the Niagara Gazette, as part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

NYSID is grateful to Senator Ortt for his support of New Yorkers with disabilities, and work centers in his district and across New York State. NYSID’s network of member agencies and private sector partners has worked together for this common purpose over decades of Preferred Source employment opportunities.

In February, Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, presented testimony before the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York.

The initiative aims to increase the employment rate, and decrease the poverty rate, for New Yorkers who are receiving services from the State, as well as register 100 businesses as having formal policies to hire people with disabilities as part of their workforce strategy.


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