McKevitt Appointed to the Mental Hygiene Joint Budget Subcommittee
March 5, 2010
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) has been selected by Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C – Canandaigua) to serve on the bi-partisan Mental Hygiene Budget Conference Committee. The purpose of budget conference committees is to work out the details in their specific budget bill after revenue has been agreed upon and distributed by the General Conference Committee. “I am honored to be chosen to advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable population and will work to craft a budget that protects their needs,” said McKevitt. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in both houses of the legislature in the hope of producing an on-time budget that rejects further tax increases, reduces spending and makes cuts to programs and services that affect the smallest portion of New Yorkers.” Assemblyman McKevitt currently serves as the ranking Minority member on the Mental Health Standing Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation affecting programs that provide services, health care and treatment, and advocacy for individuals with various disabilities. The committee focuses on ensuring that individuals with a mental illness or a developmental disability are provided appropriate and necessary services as well as protection from abuse or harm in institutional or community settings. “Representing and advocating for New Yorkers with mental illness or developmental disabilities is an important task that this budget committee has been entrusted with. I will work together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that these New Yorkers receive the proper portion of the budgetary pie,” conclude McKevitt.