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New York Governor Vetoes More Rent Relief for HIV/AIDS Patients

September 20, 2010

Gov. David A. Paterson, D-N.Y., has vetoed a bill to provide increased rent relief for more than 11,000 New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.


Paterson's office announced the veto on Sunday, "saying the proposed law would strain the state's already imperiled finances because it was not clear where the money to pay for it would come from," The New York Times reports. "Mr. Paterson said he would support the bill if the Legislature spelled out how the costs, estimated by the State Budget Division at more than $20 million, would be covered. The measure would prevent people receiving housing assistance from the city's HIV/AIDS Services Administration from having to spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Despite the city's current subsidy, offered under a program it pays for along with the state, many low-income participants spend more than half of their income on rent" (Cardwell, 9/17).

The Wall Street Journal: "The governor said the veto allows him to keep his promise not to impose unfunded mandates on cash-strapped municipalities and to keep the state from incurring additional financial burdens without identifying a funding source. … In New York City, more than 100,000 are living with HIV. The city has the highest AIDS-case rate in the country" (Saul, 9/20).

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This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: orlando cotto age 27 (brooklyn ny) Tue., Sep. 28, 2010 at 11:39 am UTC
i dont understand why patterson is doing this i remember when i had no place to go nothing to eat and i had sleep with diffrent guys everyday and spread the virus because i had no mom and dad the only one i could count on was hasa they help me they help me get my life back if it was not for them i would not be here right now and there would be alot more people living with it. i say no if this proogram leaves ny there will be more new cases of hiv
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Comment by: rob (ny ny) Wed., Sep. 22, 2010 at 1:05 am UTC
gov paterson really works for mayor bloomberg(Who hates people with HIV/AIDS and wishes them to die) paterson refuses to help the poor while helping to enrich his friends like charlie rangel
and bloomberg by giving state land for private developement when ordered to do so by bloomberg
paterson is one of the most corrupt governors ny has ever had, he is the black boss tweed and bloomberg is the new white boss tweed
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