Mobile Rally Rolls Against Funding Cuts For Developmental Disability Support Groups

Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities drove Thursday from Long Island to the Mario Cuomo Bridge in a caravan to rally against funding cuts for mental health service providers.

The mobile rally came on the 33rd anniversary of the state closing the Willowbrook State School, an infamous shuttered mental institution on Staten Island where residents were neglected and lived in unsanitary conditions — a scenario critics say the state is doomed to repeat thanks to the funding cuts. 

“Don’t send us back to the days of Willowbrook,” participants wrote in the windows of their cars before they drove down the Long Island Expressway, through Staten Island to pass by the closed institution, and headed north to Tarrytown.

“The fear of returning to Willowbrook is not irrational,” said Michael Bolton and his

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Edmonds School District bus drivers rally demanding benefits after layoffs

Edmonds School District bus drivers were laid off in August, and now they are left without medical benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDMONDS, Wash. — School bus drivers for the Edmonds School District rallied for health benefits after layoffs this summer.

Bill Whalen is an Army veteran turned Edmonds School District bus driver.

He’s been driving kids to school for 13 years.

“I am getting older, but I feel 20, 30 years younger because I am around kids and that to me is important,” he said.

The layoffs were announced in mid-August.

The news that Edmonds School District was laying off 175 bus drivers was a blow to Whalen and his co-workers, and not just because they’re out of a job.

“Our benefits have been cut off, our medical benefits, and a lot of people rely on those benefits,” he said.

The loss of benefits hit fellow bus driver John

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