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February 9, 2016
Assemblyman Hevesi, Chair of the Committee on Social Services, asks Sheila J. Poole, Acting Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services why the governor's budget short changes children and families. "So, let me phrase it this way. Federal government comes down with new regulations. We all think they are really good ideas - background checks, inspections, all kinds of good stuff. We should be saying this is fantastic. But if it's not funded, it's the equivalent of the federal  government  coming with a big punch about to hit the kids and families in New York State. Now the state is in a position to step up and take that punch. But the governor is moving out of the way, so he can let the children and families and the providers in this state take the hit. Why is that," asked Hevesi at today's Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services.