Friday, March 21, 2008

NY Governor Paterson Announces $800 Million in Additional Spending Reductions to Ensure Fiscal Integrity in the State Budget

New York City , USA .- Governor Paterson announced today an additional $800 million in spending reductions! It is absolutely critical that you send in letters to key legislators in support of geriatric mental health funding. Click here for the press release regarding the spending reductions.

As you know, the Assembly added $2.5 million for geriatric mental health and chemical dependency services in its one House budget bill. The Senate has added $500,000 for geriatric mental health. The mental health conference committee is beginning to meet this week to discuss final budget negotiations.

We urge you to send in the below letters to the key legislators, thanking them for their support and asking them to support the Assembly ask in the final budget. Please print and mail in the following:

Letter to Senator Golden
Letter to Senator Morahan
Letter to Assemblymember Dinowitz
Letter to Assemblymember Rivera
Letter to Assemblymember Ortiz

You can simply fill out your name and addresses, sign below, and mail them in. We also encourage you to put them on agency letterhead and send them on behalf of your organization.
Thank you for your advocacy!

Ken Onaitis LMSW
Director, Police Relations & Elder Abuse
Carter Burden Center for the Aging
1484 First Ave.
New York, NY 10075
212-879-7400 x116

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