A few hundred people packed the auditorium at the Buffalo Museum of Science for a BFair2DirectCare rally
A news conference and rally in Buffalo today drew more than 200 participants to highlight the #bFair2DirectCare “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign calling for a funding increase in the New York State budget for wages for underpaid staff. Attendees included people with disabilities, family members, staff and volunteers from non-profit agencies from western New York.
The event also included remarks by former Congressmember Tom Reynolds, the father of a son whith developmental disabilities, Assemblymembers Crystal Peoples Stokes, Sean Ryan, Robin Schimminger, Michael Kearns, MOA-elect Monica Wallace and State Senators Timothy Kennedy, Michael Ranzenhofer, Patrick Gallivan, Robert Ortt, and Senator-elect Chris Jacobs.
Click on the image below to watch a brief video from the event, provided by Tom Sy from Aspire of WNY.
The #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has released a powerful and passionate 60-second cable television and digital ad calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to “be our hero” and provide funding to allow workers who care for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to be paid a living wage.
The ad features former state Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg – who with his now-deceased wife, Ellen, raised their son Ricky, who has development disabilities. Weisenberg has dedicated his career to serving New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and created the Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg Foundation to support those efforts.