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Persons with developmental disabilities, their parents and professional service providers plead with state officials not to reduce funding to agencies like the ARC.

PHOTO: Kari Powers of LeRoy tells state representatives how important ARC services have been to her autistic daughter. From Left: Jay Grasso, for State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer;  State Senator Robert Ortt and Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Debbie Riggi has two special needs daughters. Her message to state lawmakers was clear:

"Maybe instead of focusing on tax breaks for some of the richest people, maybe help out  the people that need it the most."

A hundred people showed up to the legislative roundtable last night.
It was also attended by State Senator Robrert Ortt, chairman of the senate committee on developmental disabilities, and Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia.
Hawley was asked why it seems the Cuomo administration is targeting the disabled for budget cuts:

"Perhaps because they can't speak for themselves as well as moms and dads and grandparents but shame on him (Cuomo) for taking it out on those who can't help themselves."

ARC officials say budget cut proposals in Albany threaten group homes, and sheltered workshops.
Many also advocated for higher wages for direct care professionals noting that if fast food workers can earn $15 an hour so should those who care for the disabled.

A Rochester man gets 18 years in prison for enticing a minor into having sex in Genesee County Park.
51 year old Todd Glenn Dean was accused of approaching an underage boy to meet him in the park back in October of 2014.
The boy told his mother, she notified police.
An undercover officer met Dean in the park and made the arrest.

New information is revealed about that kidnapping of college students in Rochester.
The two U of R students abducted over the weekend were allegedly tied up and beaten. 
According to sources the two were terrorized repeatedly as the kidnappers demanded money, credit cards and PIN numbers at gunpoint.
Police raided the drug den on Harvest Street in Rochester where the two hostages were held for over 40 hours.
Six people have been arrested.
Police have not commented on how or why the students were abducted.

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