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inadequacy of services government has brought to bear for those with HIV/AIDS. But, unhappily, this is not the only veto decision I have had to make that could adversely affect innocent New Yorkers who are seriously ill or disabled and who look to government for assistance. Yet, I am duty bound.” Paterson said if the Legislature can find
the funding, he will sign the bill. Advocates said the veto will force more people suffering from AIDS and HIV into homelessness. They criticized the governor’s action as counterproductive, saying that caring for people in homeless shelters and in hospital emergency rooms is more expensive than caring for people who
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have a place to live. But Paterson said the bill represents the
latest admirable cause that can’t be funded during the state’s continued fiscal crisis. He said he urged the Senate and Assembly to include funding for the bill, which would have required cuts elsewhere or new revenue, but they refused. The bill passed by the Democratic
majorities of the Assembly and Senate sought to allow the government to pay more of the rent and utilities of welfare recipients with AIDs and HIV so that they would pay no more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Many have turned to public housing because the cost of treatments forced them from their homes and non- subsidized apartments, advocates said. The Senate’s Democratic majority,
fighting to keep its power in this fall’s elections, said the lame duck governor’s
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12 p.m. Empire State College will hold an informa- tion session on its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at the Empire State Plaza location, Concourse level, suite 108, Albany. 12:10 p.m. Lunchtime Short Talks: The Straight Story on the Marcellus Shale, featuring Dr. Taury Smith, an oil and gas geologist and the curator of subsur- face geological collections, provides information on the geology of the Marcellus Shale, how and where wells are likely to be drilled in New York State, and the likely environmental and economic impact both locally and globally of shale gas production., Huxley Theater, New York State Museum, Albany. 7:00 p.m. “Encounters at the End of the World”, a film by Werner Herzog about life at an Antarctic Research Station, will be screened, followed by a discussion with Henry Kaiser, the film’s producer, and Samuel Bowser, Wadsworth Center cellular biologist who provides expert commentary in the film. Science Library 320, SUNY Albany, Albany.
11:00 a.m. The History of the New York State Military Museum and Its Collections, featuring Michael Aikey, director of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, talks about the creation of the state military museum in 2001 and its collection that dates back to 1863. Librarian’s Room, NYS Library, New York State Museum, Albany. 1:30 p.m. Tales from the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State, Book forum with the authors, featuring Daniel Feldman, Associate Professor of Public Management at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and Gerald Benjamin, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Research, Regional Education, and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz. They will discuss how New York’s Legislature was once the nation’s model professional Legislature, and how it might regain that position. The Nelson A.
veto was irresponsible. “Some things shouldn’t have a price tag,”
said Senate majority spokesman Austin Shafran. “Vetoing a bill that protects lifesaving access to affordable housing for 30,000 of our most vulnerable citizens is morally reprehensible and fiscally irresponsible.” He called it “separate and unequal treatment,” evoking civil rights terms. Shafran rejected Paterson’s claim the state
couldn’t afford the program, saying the measure would save money in other areas such as public assistance and emergency hospital care. He also said the cost would have been borne by New York City, which can afford it, rather than the state. Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly disagreed. “This is not the time for unfunded
mandates, no matter how well-intentioned,” Bloomberg said, calling it costly legislation.
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10:30 a.m. Implementing Health Reform, featur- ing Richard P. Nathan, Former Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and Deborah Bachrach, President of Bachrach Health Strategies LLC, discuss the implantation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. This forum will examine implementation strat- egies for both the federal government and New York State. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany.
7:30 p.m. 2010 Empire State Archives and History Award with Richard Dreyfuss. The 2010 Empire State Archives and History Award will be presented to Richard Dreyfuss, Academy Award-winning actor and passionate advocate for strengthening history education in schools. Harold Holzer, Trust board member and nationally prominent Lincoln scholar, will join in conversation with Dreyfuss. The Egg per- forming arts center, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
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“Governor Paterson has made a difficult and wise decision that will save the taxpayers of the state and the city millions of dollars, demonstrating the courage to control spending in this difficult fiscal climate.” The New York City AIDS Housing Network
said the veto will leave 11,000 people with AIDS “teetering on the brink of homelessness.” They planned a Monday morning rally. In a statement released by advocacy group
Housing Works, James Lister, 56, of New York City, said Paterson “has condemned me to the solitary and lonely life demanded by a daily budget of $11.80 a day.” The former self-employed caterer said he spends 70 percent of his disability check on housing. “I (would like to) to see my nieces and
nephews ... I’d like to go out for coffee with friends that I’ve been turning down for five, six, seven, eight years because I’ve explained that I can just barely live on what I have.”
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