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Weisenberg spearheads push for caregivers raise

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg is organizing a rally Wednesday at the State Capitol to push for raises for “direct caregivers,” such as those who work in group homes for the developmentally disabled.

Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), whose son is disabled, said the workers “provide services to some of New York’s most vulnerable citizens.” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed keeping the workers’ pay flat for a sixth straight year. Most of the Democratic-led Assembly has signed a letter calling for giving the workers a 2 percent cost-of-living raise in the state budget, which is supposed to be adopted by April 1.

“We’re going to have people from all over the state,” Weisenberg said Monday. “We’re going to have a big, positive turnout for this.”


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