Legislative Alert: Special Ed. Preschools are in Jeopardy!

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Immediate Action Needed! Call Your Assembly Members Only!


The issues:

Special Education Preschools provide essential services to our most vulnerable children.

  • These schools have not had an increase in six years!
  • Costs are not being reimbursed and schools are closing!
  • We are asking for an increase for classroom based services only.

Our most vulnerable children and their families are counting on our Legislators to help!



The State Education Department has requested a 3.1% increase for our 4410 Preschool classroom based services. We are not certain that the Division of Budget will approve it.  Senator Flanagan, the new Majority Leader, and Chair of the Education Committee, sent a sign-on letter to the Governor with almost all the Senate Republicans signatures in support of the Preschool increase. Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer are in the process of getting signatures on the Assembly letters. We are making progress but Assemblymembers still need to hear how important this is from staff and families of our preschools so that they will sign the Assembly letter.


This is what we are asking you to do:

  • Contact your Assemblymembers only.

Click here to find out who your assemblymember is with their phone numbers.


  • Tell your Assemblymember that a sign-on letter is being circulated by the Chair and we would be grateful if they would sign it.

IMPORTANT: Don’t call Senators.  Not only did we get the Republican sign-on letter, letters have also been sent to the Governor by both Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins and IDC Senator David Carlucci so the Senate is covered.


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State Medicaid Programs at Risk in House/Senate Concurrent Budget Resolution

The House and Senate will soon vote on a “concurrent budget resolution” which lays out a budget plan for the Committees to fund programs for    Fiscal Year 2016.  There are several attacks on major programs that will harm people with disabilities, such as a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, the resolution could result in permanent cuts and elimination of the entitlement to services in the Medicaid program – which provides the bulk of long term supports and services (LTSS), including home and community-based services (HCBS), and many employment supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The concurrent budget resolution would require that the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Finance Committee find at least $1 billion in savings in programs under their jurisdiction.  The resolution does not specify which programs must be cut to reach the $1 billion.  However, authorization of these cuts allows fundamental changes to the structure of the Medicaid program in order to achieve these savings.  Structural changes to Medicaid are likely to include block grants to the states and reductions in eligibility and services.  Furthermore, the cuts could be much greater than $1 billion or the Congress could proceed with more extensive cuts in future years once the Medicaid structural changes are in place.

The House is planning to vote before recessing today (May 1).

Members of Congress need to hear from YOU as soon as possible.


  • Oppose the Concurrent Budget Resolution
  • Do not cut supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)
  • Do not cut the Medicaid program

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Mill Neck: Where Volunteers Become Family

Volunteers are without a doubt a special entity. These selfless individuals graciously make time during their busy schedules to lend a helping hand to an incredible cause; a cause they truly
believe in.

This week marks the 2015 National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. And, here at Mill Neck Family of Organizations, we have managed to corral some of the most loyal, gracious, and genuine volunteers, most of whom have become like family. From special events like the Apple Fest to the Designers’ Showcase® to the Invitational Golf Tournament, our volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring success. And, because their hearts are so aligned with the core of our mission, boundless passion exudes from everything they do.

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Designers’ Showcase® Volunteer Director Florence Lucker, a 16-year volunteer, goes over the schedule with Mill Neck Manor House Gift Shop Volunteer Sheila Bergman.

Ruth Dottino, a first-time volunteer, says “while raising 10 children, there was no time for volunteering. Now that I have some time, I am anxious to participate in charitable events that I enjoy and being involved with meaningful endeavors.”

On Wednesday, April 8, more than 50 of our faithful volunteers gathered at an orientation for Mansions and Millionaires® 2015 Designers’ Showcase®, where tasteful design and spectacular works of art merge into signs of spring. It will take place at the award-winning Mill Neck Manor House from May 2 – June 14 to benefit Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.


Maria Viola, a three-year volunteer, at the Mansions and Millionaires® 2015 Designers’ Showcase® orientation.

This exclusive event will showcase more than 30 celebrated interior designers and artists, among them, The Kitchen Studio, Safavieh Home Furnishings, Nancy Melius from Oheka Castle, and Anne Lombardi Interiors, as well as debut an exclusive Salvador Dalí exhibit of one-of-a-kind originals and prints curated by Meisner Gallery.

Maria Viola, a three-year volunteer, says “volunteering gives me a feeling of putting my time to good use and allows me to be a part of something special for a worthy cause.”

After the 2015 Designers’ Showcase®, Carole Aronson and Arlene Travis, the masterminds behind Mansions & Millionaires®—a Long Island-based company that has been providing public access to Gold Coast mansions not generally open to visitors—will be retiring after more than 40 years of dedication to historic preservation and charitable causes.

Ken Thalheimer, who has volunteered with Mansions and Millionaires® for 18 years and with Mill Neck for five years, says “I’ve always appreciated the professionalism exhibited by Carole and Arlene and have enjoyed being associated with them.”

Through his involvement over the past several years at Mill Neck Manor, Thalheimer says he has seen firsthand, not only what the school does but also some of the end results regarding alumni. He has also clearly seen the love and dedication of the staff; educators and administrators alike.

“Many students have left the school after their education has been completed and have gone on to lead full, productive lives in spite of their disability. The experience has touched me; at times, profoundly,” expresses Thalheimer. He believes, “one needs to give back to life as they pass through it. Volunteering in Mill Neck’s ongoing efforts is just that. You may not see the direct result. But, knowing you may have made a small difference is rewarding in and of itself.”

We would like recognize everyone who has charitably given their time to help a cause that is so close to our hearts. Simply put, there would be no Mill Neck without our volunteers, and for that, we
thank you.

Ken Thalheimer, a volunteer for more than 20 years, giving a tour of the Mill Neck Manor House.

Ken Thalheimer, a volunteer for more than 20 years, giving a tour of the Mill Neck Manor House.



Click to learn how you can become a Designers’ Showcase® 2015 Volunteer.



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Designers’ Showcase® 2015 at Mill Neck Manor

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Designers’ Showcase® 2015

“Where Art and Design emerge into Signs of Spring!”

May 2 through June 14, 2015

Mill Neck Manor

Mill Neck, LI

To Benefit Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

The annual spring event Designers’ Showcase® 2015 will open at Mill Neck Manor, a majestic Tudor Revival mansion located on a scenic estate overlooking Long Island Sound.  The beneficiary, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, provides comprehensive educational services for children from infancy through age 21 who are Deaf and/or have other special needs.

For more information please call 516-628-4332.



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Designers’ Showcase® 2015 VIP Preview Cocktail Party

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Enjoy an evening at a magnificent Tudor Revival mansion, circa 1923, where Art & Design Merge into Signs of Spring!



Thursday, April 30, 2015

6:30-9:00 p.m.

$125 per ticket

Proceeds benefit Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and Mill Neck Family of Organizations.

Attire: Wearable art encouraged. Mustaches optional.



  • Mail: Download a reply card, and send it with a check made payable to “Mill Neck Manor” at 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765.
  • Phone: Speak with a development staff member by calling (516) 628-4332.

RSVP by April 27, 2015



  • First View of “Signs of Spring”
  • Meet the Designers & Artists
  • Spectacular Salvador Dalí Exhibit
  • Spanish Cuisine Tastings
  • Flamenco Guitarist Vito Genna
  • Fabulous Raffle Prizes
  • Presentation of Designer of the Year
  • and Artist of the Year Awards!



Beverly Balk • Keith Baltimore • Esther Carter • Billy Ceglia • Cathy Chiavaro • John Cristando • Marga Crowley • Chris Cumberbatch • Ann Marie Diller • John Filipowicz • Jennifer Huson • Lilith Jones • Philip Jordan • Debra Ann Kasimaskis • Karyn Kilkenny • Karin Krinsky • Rona Levine • Linda Lindsay • Anne Lombardi • Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery of Oyster Bay • Arlene McLoughlin • Nancy Melius • Joe Murphy • Keith Murphy • Art McShane • Meisner Gallery • Valerie Onor • Deborah Webbe • Jeani Ziering


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