ALBANY – The New York State Senate Tuesday gave final passage to legislation that will have a positive impact on the Resource Center in Chautauqua County. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young, would appropriate up to $90 million to the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The money would help to protect providers like The Resource Center from funding reductions if recommended savings measures from the state fall short of projections.
Earlier this year, the funding had been cut out of the state budget, leaving service providers with the risk of a large budget gap in 2014. The Resource Center alone would have lost $1.8 million.
The bill has already been approved in the Assembly and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.