I am very happy to see the Joseph P. Dwyer Program funding for peer-to-peer veterans counseling has been restored in the budget. This is an essential service for the veterans of all ages in our state.
However, throughout the rest of the state budget there is a large disparity of funding between downstate and upstate New York. We see that our roads arent gaining an increase in funding and the Extreme Winter Recovery funding has been cut. The state is spending four times more, or $1.5 billion, on the MTA than what upstate is receiving. This budget does not serve the interest of upstate New Yorkers.