Statewide Support for Governor’s Plan to Protect NYers with Special Needs

Last week, Governor Cuomo, joined by nearly 700 New Yorkers including families of people with special needs, announced the first-in-the-nation Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. By the end of the week, more than 100 advocacy groups from across the state had already signed on to support the Governor’s proposed legislation.

For the Governor, this issue is about basic human dignity and a fundamental obligation we have as a state to protect the rights of these individuals.

And the swell of public support is a clear indication that this issue has resonated with individuals, advocates, law officials and local leaders throughout the state. In addition, newspapers statewide have published editorials in support of the Governor’s plan.

Some excerpts include:

  • “It’s beyond argument that one of [government’s] core responsibilities is the protection of the most vulnerable,” Newsday writes, calling the Governor’s plan, “a sweeping and smart new way to get this vital job done.” Click here to read the full editorial. 

  • The New York Daily News calls it a “critically necessary reform effort.” Click here to read the full editorial.
  • “The [Governor's] legislation offers a practical, reasonable response to an unacceptable situation,” the Syracuse Post-Standard writes. Put simple, the paper says, “Our most vulnerable citizens deserve no less.Click here to read the full editorial. 

  • The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle writes:“The state Legislature should get behind Cuomo and adopt his proposals before adjourning next month.” 

  • The New York Times calls the Governor’s legislative package a sensible, straightforward proposal that legislators and unions should support.” Click here to read the full editorial.

By working together, we’re giving more than one million New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs the protection and justice they deserve.

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