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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed 43 bills into law late last week out of 67 total at his desk. One of those he approved was the restoration of funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Local Assemblyman Steve Hawley was a co-sponsor of the bill to restore funding to programs and services for the developmentally disabled. $90 million was slated to be cut from OPWDD in the budget and instead dedicated to providing tax credits to encourage movie and television filming in the Empire State.

Hawley says it was a “terrible idea from the start” and says he is “extremely thankful” that New York will continue to take care of these vulnerable citizens.

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