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Cuts in Albany County services could come with Trump budget proposal

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ALBANY (WRGB) -- Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says he's clearing his schedule and heading to Washington this week, to lobby against President Trump's budget proposal. The reason? County leaders say potential cuts in the plan could have devastating impacts on thousands of local families.

Mary Rose Faragon helps care for her brother Joey. The 68-year-old had to re-learn to walk after falling severely ill from pneumonia.

“I work from 5-9pm so I’m not here in the evening to cook for him or anything,” Faragon said.

Ever since he got out of the hospital, Joey's been getting his dinners delivered through Albany County's Meals on Wheels program. It's one of the services nationwide that may lose federal funding through possible cuts from the Trump administration.

“I think it’s a God-send, and I’d hate to see them really take Meals on Wheels away,” Faragon said.

Because of the way New York State budgets, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says meals on wheels programs here are safe for now, but McCoy says if the president's budget proposal goes through, 8 million dollars would be cut from other county programs that help low-income families heat their homes, provide for people in section 8 housing, and pay for legal aid.

“It’s going to have a ripple effect in every community across this nation,” McCoy said.

McCoy is headed to capitol hill this week, in an effort to make sure funds for the Meals on Wheels programs here stay off the chopping block.

Monika Boeckmann, the Director of Senior Services of Albany and Cohoes, says cuts to the program would be devastating.

“Although we raise close to a quarter of a million dollars, that won’t pay for this, it really requires the assistance of the government,” Boeckmann said.

McCoy says the cuts on the table for Albany County would affect tens of thousands of people.

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