Joint Legislative Public Hearings On
2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal
Human Services
February 4, 2015
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building


Robert Velez
Acting Commissioner, NYS Office of Children & Family Services

Sharon Devine
Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Mario Musolino
Acting Commissioner, NYS Dept. of Labor

Corinda Crossdale
Director, NYS Office for the Aging

Sheila Harrigan
Executive Director, NY Public Welfare Association

James Purcell
CEO, Council of Family & Child Caring Agencies

Renee Smith-Rotondo
Chairperson, NYS Children’s Alliance

Marie Dolfi, LCSW
Advocacy Chairperson, NYS Citizen’s Coalition for Children

Stephanie Gendell
Associate Executive Director for Policy & Govt. Relations, Citizen’s Committee for Children of NY

Kevin Douglas
Deputy Director for State Policy & Advocacy, United Neighborhood Houses

Sheriff Craig Apple
Albany County, Fight Crime Invest in Kids

Susan Antos
Senior Attorney, Empire Justice Center

Laura Mascuch
Executive Director, Supportive Housing Network of NY

Jessica Klos-Shapiro
Public Policy Director, Early Care & Learning Council

Laura Cameron
Executive Director, Association of Aging in NY

Laura Palmer
Acting Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP NY

Kyle Stewart
Executive Director, Alliance of NYS YMCA’s

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner
Executive Director, NYS After School Network

Susan Zimet
Executive Director, Hunger Action Network of NY

Adam Prizio
Manager, Govt. Affairs, Center for Disability Rights

Todd Vaarwerk
Director, Advocacy & Public Policy, WNYIL

Maura Kelley
Director, Mental Health Peer Connection, WNYIL

Edie Mesick
State Govt. Relations Executive, UJA – Federation of NY

Written Testimony
William T. Gettman, Jr.
Executive Director, St. Catherine’s Center for Children

Jenn O’Connor & Kristen Kerr
Co-Chairs, Winning Beginning NY

Ready Nation NY

Scott Wexler
Executive Director, Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association

Mallory Nugent
Analyst for Human Services and Poverty Reduction

Gerard Wallace,Esq.
Director, Kinship Navigator at University of Albany

William Gettman, Jr.
Executive Director St. Catherine’s Center for Children

Robert Biggerstaff, Esq
Executive Director NYS Association of Small City School Districts

Allison Sesso
Executive Director of the Human Servises Council of NY

Susan Zimet
Executive Director, Hunger Action Network of NYS

Lara Kassel
Coordination of Medicaid Matters NY

Elisabeth Benjamen
Health Care For All NY

John Blowers
Vice President and Finance Chair for the Board Of Education, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School Districts

Brad Dixon
President, Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association

Brian J. Lombardozzi
Vice President of State Governmental Affairs, Alliance For American Manufacturing

New York Civil Liberties Union, NCYLU

Kate Breslin
President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL)

Betty Falcoa
Director, Tompkins Health Network

Jennifer Jones-Austin
Executive Director & CEO, FPWA

Reg Foster
President & CEO, United Way of NYS