New York, like most states, is grappling with a massive budget deficit. New York, like most states, is targeting many social service programs to close the budget gap. Lately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been running an advertising campaign demonizing the “special interests” speaking out against his budget proposals to slash services. One of those “special interests” — Andrew Cruikshank — recently introduced himself in the Glens Falls, N.Y., Post-Star:
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m a Special Interest.
I’m to blame for most, if not all the woes of our state government. I’m the reason that the New York has the multi-billion dollar deficit. Gov. Cuomo has warned you about me – through radio, print and television advertisements. He asks that you not pay me any attention.
Before you take his advice, perhaps there is more you should know. My voice speaks on behalf of the frailest and most vulnerable citizens in our community… I am proud to say that I take every opportunity to speak with our elected officials on subjects affecting those we care for … My role as a special interest? Advocate, educate and speak on behalf of those that can’t.”
He concludes: “Cause for concern is not that I advocate for others; but if a day comes when no one does.”
Cruikshank is CEO of Fort Hudson Health System, serving seniors in the greater Glens Falls area on one integrated campus. As our friends at Future of Aging said, his core message bears repeating on editorial pages and websites far and wide, and we should all be proud of being “Special Interests” for the people and causes we support.