Rep. Tenney visits ACHIEVE

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Congresswoman Claudia Tenney visited a local organization that assists people with special needs.

Tenney stopped by ACHIEVE located at Cutler Pond Road in the Town of Dickinson.

ACHIEVE provides support and programming for people with developmental disabilities ranging from 24-7 care, day habilitation and case work.

ACHIEVE also receives Community Development Block Grants, or C-D-B-G federal funding.

Tenney says President Trump's proposed "skinny budget" called for an end to CDBG funding.

She says her bill to restore 10 million dollars has passed, with potentially more money to come.

"We have to care for people who are truly needy, like those with special needs. It's actually outlined in our State Constitution and it's something we can help with at the Federal level.  I'm a fiscal hawk, but this is exactly what we should be doing. There are many programs we do fund that I would argue are not as needy," said Tenney.

While at ACHIEVE, Tenney hosted an exercise class and oversaw some of the clients practicing for interviews.

State funding cuts have caused ACHIEVE to close down Country Valley Industries, an employment program for its clients.

Executive Director Mary Jo Thorn says ACHIEVE is still teaching career skills to its clients in hopes of transitioning them into a job or volunteer opportunity.

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