Newsday (New York) (03.01.06) - Wednesday, March 01, 2006
On Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) announced
that New York City and Long Island will receive an increase of
almost $3 million in federal HIV/AIDS funding in fiscal year
2006, which begins next month.
New York City will get an additional $2.5 million above the
$117.9 million it received in 2005. Long Island will receive
an extra $300,000 above the $5.8 million in was allocated in
2005. The funds are provided through the Ryan White CARE Act.
In a statement, Clinton said, "New York is the epicenter of
our nation's AIDS epidemic. This additional funding will help
ensure that thousands of New Yorkers can receive the services
they need to remain healthy."
"I was at least hoping for flat funding and praying that we
would not get cut," said Tara Tate, senior vice president for
HIV/AIDS grant management for the United Way of Long Island,
which administers the federal funds. "The increase is
absolutely a positive."
"We think that there's a whole host of unmet needs out there
that have grown deeper and deeper as time has gone by and new
cases emerge," said Jeffrey Reynolds, vice president for
public affairs at the Long Island Association for AIDS Care.
As the epidemic has skewed more toward minorities, women and
the poor in recent years, private donations have been
affected, he said.
State data show there were 4,330 new AIDS cases in New York
City and 158 new cases on Long Island in 2004.