Many LGBT health and human services organizations across New York State depend on assistance both from the Governor’s executive budget and the Assembly Majority’s discretionary fund each year to keep their doors open. We learned today that, in addition to Gov. Spitzer’s $6 million executive budget allocation (announced in January), the Assembly Majority has contributed another roughly $1.3 million and Gov. Spitzer added another $675,000 to fund members of the New York State LGBT Health & Human Services network. The roughly $8 million total is a 60 percent increase from the highest previous amount provided by the state to these essential organizations. This is a big (and needed) boost for New York’s LGBT support services.
More here on what kinds of services these orgs provide.