Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in Onondaga County, Announcing $1 Million for New AccessCNY Center to Help Children with Disabilities

Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Cicero, where he and Assemblymember Al Stirpe announced $1 million in state funds for AccessCNY to build a new center, which will help address the needs of children and young adults with disabilities.

“Every child and every family deserve access to tools and resources that will allow them to succeed and thrive,” Speaker Heastie said. “This funding will help AccessCNY provide those kinds of services here in Onondaga County. It’s great to be here today with Assemblymember Stirpe to see the great work they’re doing and announce this state funding.”

“AccessCNY provides critical services here in Onondaga County to individuals of all ages with disabilities, helping to empower them and get them the resources they need,” Assemblymember Stirpe said. “We have fought hard in the Assembly Majority for funding to support our most vulnerable New Yorkers, and it's great to have Speaker Heastie here today to announce this funding that will help so many young people.”

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Stirpe together visited the CanTeen with AccessCNY Executive Director Paul Joslyn to announce a $1 million state investment in an AccessCNY project. This funding will help them build a new 4,000 square foot center in Northern Onondaga County, which will help meet the mental health and behavioral needs of children and young adults with disabilities by providing respite, social work, counseling and sensory skill training. AccessCNY empowers people of all ages and abilities by helping them reach their full potential. They were joined by Town of Cicero Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Roth, CanTeen Youth Services Coordinator Amy Crowley and family advocate Bobbi Rogers.