Letters: State builds prisons, not care

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco stands in one Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco stands in one of the four pods at the new Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank. (March 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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Our state government allocates funds for a "Taj Mahal" correctional facility in Yaphank, but it cannot find the money in its $135-billion budget to restore the $90 million it stripped from the developmentally disabled population ["Albany is going backward on autism," Opinion, April 1].

It is said that a society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Shame on us!

Michael A. Buffa, Bethpage

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Editor's note: The writer is the parent of a child with autism.
 

Kudos to Newsday for keeping the voting public well apprised of the budget math taking place in Albany. Unfortunately, my daughter, and the developmentally disabled community, took a hit right in the chest.

We all know that New York provides the "Cadillac" of Medicaid coverage. We are also well aware that there is a serious controversy with the federal government about the reimbursement rate of state-operated facilities.

My daughter is a client of a wonderful nonprofit organization, and these folks find themselves on the short end of the budget stick. Maybe Jimmy Fallon and the very wealthy people who run NBC can find it in their collective hearts to return some portion of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's $5-million credit for bringing "The Tonight Show" to New York City, and earmark it for the developmentally disabled.

Geralyn Athenas, West Islip

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