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OPWDD Announces a public hearing on the Statewide Comprehensive Plan: 2012–2016

Friday, January 18, 2013: 12:30–4:00

This hearing will be held at eight locations statewide and will be conducted as a live video-conference with Commissioner Courtney Burke, who will be in attendance at the Schenectady location.

OPWDD intends to utilize the ideas, suggestions, and comments received through this public hearing to improve services and supports in New York State. OPWDD urges self-advocates, family members of people with developmental disabilities, providers, advocates, and other interested parties to participate in the hearing.

The Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Services reflects OPWDD’s mission and vision statement. It sets forth plans for implementing a transformational agenda for supporting people with developmental disabilities to enjoy meaningful relationships with friends, family, and others in their lives; experience personal health and growth; live in the home of their choice; and fully participate in their communities.


Registration to attend the public hearing is required. Please call the regional contact person to register, as conference room space is limited. When you register, please indicate whether you are planning to attend only, or attend as a speaker. Speakers must limit their comments to three (3) minutes and bring three (3) copies of their testimony. Locations and contacts for registration are listed below.

Written testimony may also be submitted to:

Ray Pierce
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
Or via email at 

A video presentation of the hearing may be viewed online at following the event. 

For general information about the public hearing, please contact OPWDD’s Bureau of Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement:
Phone: (518) 473-9697
Fax: (518) 473-0054

To register for the hearing and to reserve a spot to give testimony, obtain more information or directions to the hearing location, or to arrange for a special accommodation, please call the regional contact person for the hearing location at the telephone number listed below.

Video Conference Locations and Contact Information

Kingston, NY
Taconic DDSO
521 Boices Lane, Kingston, NY 12401
VC Room
Contact: Garry Krom at (845) 877-6821 Ext. 3451

Long Island, NY
Long Island DDSO
415 A Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Multi-Purpose Conference Room
Contact: Stephanie Chatman at (631) 434-6136

New York City
NYCRO/Metro New York DDSO
75 Morton Street, New York, NY 10014
Activities Center, 1st Floor
Contact: Lou Mazzella at (212) 229-3601

Finger Lakes DDSO/Monroe Developmental Center
620 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620
Room 25 Leaf
Contact: Rebecca Scott at (585) 241-5766

Capital District DDSO
500 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304
Building 3, Conference Room 2
Contact: Karen Francisco at (518) 370-7429

Syracuse, NY
Central NY DDSO
187 Northern Concourse, North Syracuse, NY 13212
Regional Training Center
Contact: Sandy Smith at (315) 473-6371

Thiells, NY
Hudson Valley DDSO
5 Wilbur Road
Building 5, Room 2
Thiells, NY 10984
Contact: Allison Apt at (845) 947-6015

Western NY
West Seneca DDSO
1200 East & West Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Contact: Mary Beth Blodgett
(716) 517-2151

Created on Friday, 4 Jan 2013 at 2:19 pm.

Last updated on Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 at 3:34 pm.