Lupardo to Lobby Washington over Institutional Beds
6/24/2014 (Updated 10:45:40 PM)
After finishing her work in Albany Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo has her sites set on a trip to Washington to lobby federal representatives to change a federal mandate that would slash the number of institutional beds in New York from 700 to 150.
These beds house patients like those at the Broome Developmental Center. The BDC is slated to close in 2016. Last week Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a deal to slow the pace of the closure.
"The federal government has had a concern with New York for a number of years, that we have too many people in institutional settings. They have given us this number to work with which we think is clearly inadequate to serve the needs of the entire state of New York," said Lupardo.
Lupardo has yet to finalize the details on her planned trip to Washington.
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