Outrage Over Proposed Cuts to Developmental Disability Programs.

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) An amendment added to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Budget is seeking to cut $240-million dollars from programs and services for the developmentally disabled.

The proposal is sparking an outcry across the State.

Tuesday afternoon, dozens of caregivers, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities gathered in Buffalo for a rally to speak out against the funding cuts.

The rally was held at the office of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY.

Organizers say the cuts will force reduction in services, cause layoffs of direct-care professionals, and will increase wait times for adults to be placed in group homes.

They are also concerned because support services for families with a disabled person will be severely reduced.

The group in calling on State Legislators to restore the funding when they start debating the Governor's budget.

Other rallies will be held in Rochester and Niagara Falls later this week.