The Executive provides $1.24 million for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany), a reduction of $500,000 from last year’s enacted budget. CARD Albany brings research and practice together in community settings. We will work to restore this funding, which has typically been eliminated in the Executive Budget but restored by the Legislature.
The NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Predication and Innovation was established in last year’s Enacted Budget with an appropriation of $250,000. Unfortunately, the Executive Budget removes it (as is the Executive’s practice with many legislative additions to the Centers of Excellence program). We will request a restoration of this funding.
Funding for three of the four, previously funded School of Public Health initiatives – Cardiac Services Program, Center for Health Workforce Studies and Public Health Live – were not included in the Executive Budget. The Executive has consolidated public health appropriations in the past for cost savings but funding for these programs was subsequently reinstated. We will work with the Legislature to restore this funding.