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Local dad fights for disability services funding in name of his son

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ALBANY, N.Y. - As Senate members met Sunday there was one man who came to ask for their help and fight for a cause.

Michael Carey, of Glenmont, tried to grab the attention of State Senators on Sunday as they entered into budget negotiations all in the name of his autistic son Jonathan who was crushed to death in a van by a state employee in 2007.

"Please be very vocal for the disabled, the most vulnerable," Carey said to lawmakers.

"I think he'd be proud of me. I'm carrying on. I got the easy part. My son he suffered tremendously," said Carey.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed $120 million cut to disability services. It's something Carey won't stand for.

"The cuts are going to come from direct care staff and the abuse and the neglect and the deaths are going to increase significantly," said Carey.

As he held a picture of his son Jonathan up to lawmakers Sunday he begged for support. 

"Speak up in the session and fight for the additional funding," said Carey.

When asked about the disability cuts Senate leaders said they will fight to regain funding.

"Very very important issue and I think the assembly and the senate are on the same page is we want to restore as much money as possible to the Governors cuts," said Senator Jeff Klein.

"We're restoring $30 million and we're looking to hopefully restore more money," said Senator Dean Skelos.

Carey lobbied for change all day hoping to make a difference but wishing more people would speak up for those who may not be able to.

"And tragically as you see I'm the only one here today," said Carey.

Senate members will be back in session on Tuesday.
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