Retiring Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg to receive tribute

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FILE: Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), left, joined by Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), center, and New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, speaks during a news conference in Albany on June 23, 2008. Photo Credit: AP

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ALBANY — Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) will be honored Tuesday for his decades of service to the disabled.

Weisenberg is retiring from the Assembly at the end of the year after serving since 1989.

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The event in Melville will include the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, NYSARC and the Alliance of Long Island Agencies, which represents a group of nonprofits that serve the developmentally disabled.

Weisenberg sponsored numerous bills aimed at providing better and safer care for the disabled, and often for disabled children.

In 2013 Weisenberg led a rare effort to restore funding in a budget after it was negotiated by leaders and declared final. In an emotional, unscripted floor debate supported mostly by Republicans, Weisenberg sought to restore $90 million for a program for the disabled.

The effort failed, but the funding was restored weeks later by legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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