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Best Friend of the Year
Assemblyman Steve Hawley


The Arc of Orleans County is proud to announce that Assemblyman Steve Hawley has been named the Agency’s 2013 Best Friend. Steve has been a long-time friend to The Arc of Orleans County, and has supported the Agency by sponsorship of the Golf Tournament for many years. He also attends both the Best Friend Dinner and Signature Series annually and in June he was on hand when John Robinson made a stop in Albion as part of his journey through New York State along the Erie Canal.

During the 2013 year, Governor Cuomo had proposed a 6% cut to all voluntary agencies funded by the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This cut amounted to approximately $308,000 for The Arc of Orleans County alone. Our sister chapters across the state were also threatened with these drastic cuts as well. These cuts would have severly impacted the Agency and the programs and services we provide to the individuals we support and their families.

Assemblyman Hawley, along with many in the New York State Assembly and Senate, showed his support of our Agency and the individuals that we serve, and introduced and passed legislation that would restore the funding cuts proposed by the Governor. Without the support of Assemblyman Hawley and our other legislators, this may not have been the case. Assemblyman Hawley is truly The Arc’s “Best Friend.”

Save the Jobs of People with Disabilities!

There is an immediate crisisin New York State facing people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Unless our collective advocacy efforts are heard and responded to by our New York State elected official and Administration, traditional Skill Development Centers and Work Centers will be eliminated over the next 6 years.

There is agreement among funders, advocates and providers that integrated employment at prevailing wages is ideal for everyone with a disability. While the Federal and State governments have embraced this concept as a desired end result, they have not created any tangible, positive options to reach this goal. Rather, they seem determined to eliminate Work Centers, an employment option that was developed over the previous decades by families and service providers. Work Centers have provided meaningful and satisfying employment to thousands of individuals with disabilities in New York State. We cannot idly sit by and watch this critical employment option be taken away!

We need your support!  Please explore the Employment Coalition of Western New York's web site at to learn more about the issues and to find out how you can help advocate for positive change!  Thank you!







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