Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Human Services
February 13, 2023
11:30 a.m.
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany


Suzanne Miles-Gustave Esq.
Acting Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

OCFS Follow up

Daniel Tietz
Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance (OTDA)

OTDA Follow Up

Greg Olsen
Acting Director, New York State Office of the Aging

Rev. Viviana DeCohen
Director, NYS Division of Veterans’ Services

Meredith Chimento
Executive Director, Early Care & Learning Council

Steve Morales
NY Policy Director, All Our Kin, Inc.

Krista Hesdorfer
Government Relations Manager, Hunger Solutions New York

Kate Ryan
Director, Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance

Elizabeth Isakson
Executive Director, Docs for Tots

Beth Finkel
State Director, AARP New York

Gail Myers
Deputy Director, New York StateWide Senior Action Council

Kimberly George
President and CEO, Project Guardianship

Rebecca Preve
Executive Director, Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY)

Trudy Morgan
Policy Director, New York State Network for Youth Success

Bonnie Landi
President, New York State YouthBuild Coalition

William Gettman
CEO, Northern Rivers Family of Services

Timothy Hathaway
Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY)

Kathleen Brady-Stepien
President & CEO, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA)

Nicole Bryl
CEO, Children’s Health Home of Upstate NY

Joan Gerhardt
Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)

Jessica Radbord
Senior Attorney, Public Benefits Advocacy & Litigation, Empire Justice Center

Dede Hill
Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

MJ Okma
Senior Manager for Advocacy and Government Relations, SAGE – Services & Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Elders

Stephen Piasecki
Upstate Coordinator, The Supportive Housing Network of New York

Melinda Mack
Executive Director, Upstate Coordinator, NY Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

Gavin Walters, Sr.
NYS Dwyer Coalition, Coordinator, Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegrating

Kirby Hannan
Board Member, NYS Council of Veteran Organizations

Written Testimony
Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) at The New School

Catholic Charities

Center for Elder Law Justice

Children’s Defense Fund New York

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC)

Citymeals on Wheels

Coalition for the Homeless

Day Care Council of New York

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)

Field & Fork Network

Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI)

Her Justice

Housing Works


Jumpstart for Young Children

Legal Aid Society

Lewis County Office for the Aging

LiveOn NY

Met Council

Neighbors Link Community Law Practice

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

New York Public Welfare Association (NYPWA)

New York State Home Visiting Coordination Initiative

New York State ParentChild+

NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

NYC Bar Association Social Welfare Law Committee

NYC Food Policy Alliance

NYS Defenders Association Veterans Defense Program (NYSDA)

Public Utility Project

Roundtable Allies for Food Access


United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)

Urban Justice Center Safety New Project, Safety Net Activists

Urban Justice Center Safety Net Project

Urban Resource Institute (URINYC)

Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth