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Call to Action: Urge Governor Cuomo to Add Funding to Provide Direct Support Professionals with a Living Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15. However, he did not include $45 million in new funding needed to support the wage increase for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) whose salaries are paid through Medicaid in his initial 2017-18 budget proposal. Funding these salaries is critical to the health, safety and well-being of people with developmental disabilities.

At UCP of Long Island our DSPs work tirelessly to ensure that our individuals live a Life Without Limits and that their physical and emotional needs are met. Our DSPs and our individuals deserve more than the minimum!

The Governor MUST include $45 million in new funding in his 30-day amendment to the 2017-18 budget proposal which is due February 16th. Without additional funding to support the salaries of DSPs, agencies that support people with developmental disabilities won’t be able to provide vital programs and services that these individuals desperately need.

We are asking you to take action NOW before it’s too late!


Ways You Can Help

1. Call or write Governor Andrew Cuomo and tell him that $45 million in new funding MUST be added to the 30-day amendment of the 2017-18 budget proposal.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capital Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390

Draft Letters for Families, Staff and DSPs.

2. Call your Senator, Assemblymember and Legislators and urge them to call the Governor and tell him to add $45 million in new funding to the 30-day amendment of the 2017-18 budget proposal.

Senator Switchboard: 518-455-2800

Find your Senator here.

Assembly Switchboard: 518-455-4100

Find your Assemblymember here.

Find your Representatives here.

3. Call or write letters to your local newspaper.