Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor: My Albany Times Union Op-Ed – Party Politics Trumps Support for the Disabled

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 

Dear Friends,

Monday’s Albany Times-Union included my op-ed on Governor Cuomo’s budget cuts for the developmentally disabled. The budget cut $90 million in funding for the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities, while handing out $425 million in tax credits to Hollywood. That includes the new $5 million “Jimmy Fallon tax credit” for The Tonight Show.

These cuts were wrong. They hit the most vulnerable members of our society.  They need to be reversed.

It’s up to us to get the word out. Please share the op-ed with your family and friends. Let them know what’s happening in the governor’s budget and why it’s wrong for New York.

Sincerely,

Kieran

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Commentary: Restore funds for disabled Albany Times Union – April 15, 2013 By Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor As a freshman assemblyman, I saw Albany at its absolute disgraceful worst during the recent budget vote. The often-used word dysfunction doesn’t begin to explain what happened in the Assembly. Early last month a bipartisan group of 78 Assembly members signed onto a letter demanding restoration of the $120 million that Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut from the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities in his budget. Both the Senate and the Assembly overwhelmingly passed budgets that included complete restoration of the cuts, which, by the way, comes with a 100 percent federal match. When the four men went into the room to negotiate the $136 billion budget, only $30 million was restored. Read the rest of the op-ed here on the Times Union website.

### Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

Bazzo 04/17/13

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