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PLEASE TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO TO BE OUR HERO
and include the $45 million in NEW living wage funding in his budget amendments! Governor Cuomo failed to include the #bFair2DirectCare campaign’s $45 million request to begin funding a living wage for direct support professionals in his initial budget proposal.BUT, the Governor has another chance to redeem himself and be a hero to all of the people we serve and their families. The Governor and his staff are well aware of the #bFair2DirectCare $45 million request after the last year and a half of countless media stories, letters and other activities flooding them with details on this initiative. Everyone needs to CALL OR WRITE the Governor and your Senator and your Assemblymember throughout this week and tell them: BFair2DirectCare and include a NEW $45 million in State funds in the Governor’s 30-day amendments to take the first step towards a living wage for direct support workers serving people with developmental disabilities.
Act NOW or it will be too late! The Governor’s Budget 21-day amendments are due on February 7th and his 30-day amendments are due on February 16th! CALL and SAY: “I am calling on behalf of the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign for a living wage. Governor Cuomo MUST provide $45 million in his budget amendments! Funding is critical to the health, safety and well-being of people with developmental disabilities and it’s the right thing to do for the people who work tirelessly caring for them. Governor (518) 474 -1041 and press 1 to leave a message or press 2 to speak to an assistant. Senate switchboard – (518) 455 – 2800 – and ask for your Senator. You can find your Senator at http://www.nysenate.gov/ Urge your Senator to Call the Governor and tell him to bFair2DirectCare and fund the $45 million . Assembly switchboard (518) 455-4100 – and ask for your Assemblymember. You can find your Assemblymember at http://assembly.state.ny.us/ Urge your Assemblymember to Call the Governor and tell him to bFair2DirectCare and fund the $45 million .
3-6 p.m. in the Annex Building (first building to the left as you enter the campus). No appointment necessary.
Schoharie County ARC Receives Recreational Grants from NYSARC, Inc.
The Trustees of the NYSARC, Inc. Trust have approved a remainder fund grant of $12,500 per chapter to provide recreational opportunities for people they support. Last year the Schoharie County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (Schoharie County ARC) received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services to benefit the Red Rose Project , which provides opportunities in the creative arts for people supported by the Schoharie County ARC and the Wellness Together Initiative, providing educational supports to help people supported by the organization to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC Inc, plans to use the funds in the same fashion this year. In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $ 1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide. A total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants was awarded in 2016 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits.
Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org , phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cooking with Love Raises Over $20,000 To Benefit Schoharie ARC
Weinhofer Takes Top Honors.
Nachamkin & Tague Take 2nd & 3rd
2016 Cooking with Love Chefs: Pictured are (L-R) Alfred D’Alauro, Martin Diaz, Mario Diaz, Michael Brooks, John DeSanto, Gregory Hurd, Stephen Ramos, Tony Alvarez, Gene Nachamkin, Paul Miles-Matthias, Tom Bowes, Brian Hayes, Devin Tetlak. Back row: Dale Case, John Matt, Larry Stanley, Darren Bratcher, Floyd Guernsey, Adam Kowalski, Harry Strole, Rich O’Connor, Steve Weinhofer, David DiNicola, Rich Bialkowski, Chris Tague and Brian Tetlak.
The 5th Annual Cooking with Love Event was a huge success thanks to the 25 Chefs who took part in the day's festivities. Over $20,000 was raised to benefit the Schoharie ARC. The Golden Stove Award for the most tips was awarded to Steve Weinhofer who raised over $8,000, folllowed by Gene Nachamkin who raised over $5,000 and Chris Tague who raised over $2500. All proceeds will benefit the Schoharie ARC Foundation.
The event was attended by 130 people and was held at Settle's Hill Banquet Center in Altamont on Sunday, October 23rd. Guests enjoyed dishes prepared by the chefs and sampled everything from Soups, to sandwiches and sliders, entrees and desserts. A special thank you to our Chefs, our volunteers, DJ Patrick DelRosario and entourage, our organizers, our guests, and of course, our sponsors: Fenimore Asset Management, SEFCU, Cobleskill Stone Products and Carver Sand & Gravel.
For more information on becoming a chef for the 2017 Cooking with Love, please contact Tammy Ruise at 518-295-8130.
Watch the Video clip from WNYT, here: http://wnyt.com/news/cooking-with-love-altamont-schoharie/4299230/
Congratulations, Jerry Williams
2016 Joslin Outstanding Performance Award Recipient
#EmploymentEmpowers was a fitting theme for NYSID’s Annual Meeting on September 21 at The Saratoga Hilton, as individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State agencies and municipal agencies were all recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Jerry Williams, who works in packaging/labeling with Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries in Schoharie was recognized as one of two recognized statewide with NYID's 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Awards.
The William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award is NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award. In its 13th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 650 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
“I really like the hours and the people I work with,” Jerry Williams said. “And the money I earn helps me support my family, pay our bills and buy the things we need.”
In 2016, NYSID has recognized 59 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers statewide. This includes New Yorkers with disabilities in the following regions: 21 Capital Region/Hudson Valley residents; 15 New York City and Long Island residents; 12 Western New Yorkers; and 11 Central New Yorkers.
“NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “In doing so, we salute the 2016 Joslin Outstanding Performers as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State’s workforce.”
Congratulations, Jerry. Watch Jerry's story here (courtesy of NYSID) :https://www.youtube.com/watch