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Governor's Office: "Jimmy Fallon Tax Credit" has nothing to do with developmental disabilities funding

ALBANY -- New York State Assembly Republicans made a big push, Thursday, to restore the $90 million cut to the state Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities. The amendment to the budget was voted down.

The state initially cut OPWDD by $120 million, but $30 million was restored in the budget the senate approved. The federal government will match the $30 million the state has earmarked.

Assembly republicans argued the state could use the money from the so called "Jimmy Fallon Tax Credit". The state offers tax breaks for movies and shows that come to New York for production, said the Governor's office.

An Administration Official to Governor Cuomo said the tax credit has been in place for several years and initially only covered "new production in New York". The tax credit was altered to allow existing shows to relocate to New York, the official said.

The tax credits and the funding for OPWDD are two separate issues, the Governor's office said Thursday.

"We are doing two things with no additional cost to the state; we are trying to bring jobs to New York while at the same time dealing with serious federal issues that began under a previous administration," said an official in the Governor's office." 

The reason OPWDD's funding was cut goes back close to decade where the federal government "continued" to overpay the state in imbursements to the program, the official said. Instead of paying that money back the state and federal government negotiated a new funding stream.

"I think it is a heartless thing to do to cut them by $120 million then restore $30 million of it," said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose. "I just think it is wrong."