NY lawmakers agree on pay raise for caregivers

Mar 14, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Senate and Assembly are in agreement on a plan to increase funding for the care of the developmentally disabled. 

The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly both included $45 million in additional funding in their chamber's proposed state budgets. 

The money would support pay raises for the direct support professionals who care for people with developmental disabilities. Low pay has created high turnover and staffing shortages. 

Harvey Weisenberg, a former lawmaker and father of a disabled son, says some caregivers are so poorly paid they're choosing to work fast-food jobs instead. 

Now supporters must convince Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who did not include the money in his own state budget proposal. 

A vote on the budget is expected by April 1.