2024 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Human Services
January 31, 2024
9:30 a.m.
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany

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

Barbara Guinn
Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance

Supplemental Testimony

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

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

Beth Finkel
State Director, AARP New York

Gail Myers
Deputy Director, New York StateWide Senior Action Council

Marcella Goheen
Founder, Essential Care Visitor

Ann Marie Cook
Lifespan of Greater Rochester

Shanita Bowen
Chief Operating Officer, ECE on the Move

Jessica Hsieh
Respite Coordinator, Chinese-American Planning Council

Meredith Chimento
Executive Director, Early Care & Learning Council

Steve Morales
NY Policy Director, All Our Kin

Dorothy Hill
Policy Director, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Steve Peraza
Senior Research and Policy Associate, Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

Therese Daly
Interim Executive Director, NY Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

Michelle Newman
Associate Executive Director Upstate, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

Jen O’Connor
Coalition Lead, Raising NY

Justin Reuter
CEO, New York State Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

Kelly McMahon
CEO, New York State Network for Youth Success

Stephanie Silkowski
Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, The Bridge Project

Katelyn Ryan
Director, Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance

Perry Junjulas
Executive Director, Albany Damien Center

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

Erin Brigid
Community Organizer, Equality New York

Stephen Piasecki
State Policy Manager, The Supportive Housing Network of New York

Gabriela Sandoval Requena
Director of Policy Communications, New Destiny Housing

Rev. Paul Fleck
Executive director, Immigration Law & Justice New York

Lauren Melodia
Deputy Director, Economic and Fiscal Policies, Center for NYC Affairs, The New School

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

Dr. Daniele Lyman-Torres
President & CEO, Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Krista Hesdorfer
Director of Public Affairs, Hunger Solutions New York

Gavin Walters
NYSY Dwyer Coalition Facilitator, Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration

Written Testimony
Adelphi University School of Social Work

Bay Ridge Connects NNORC

Citizens' Committee for Children

Community Connections at Findley Lake

Cornell Brooks Public Policy

Family Service League

Field & Fork Network

Food Bank for NYC


Prevent Child Abuse NY

Rural Health Network of SCNY

St. Peter's Health Partners

United Neighborhood Houses

Yonkers Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community