Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, 132nd District, met with Kevin Smith, Arc Executive Director, Arc board members, parents and persons served on Friday, January 15th at their administrative office on Waterloo-Geneva Road in Waterloo. Parents voiced their concerns about the lack of residential opportunities for aging individuals still living at home, the need to raise minimum wage for direct care staff and the lack of employment options for persons served.During his stop, Palmesano visited Arc’s textile manufacturing site, where the agency produces fleece and knit headgear for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard.For more than 18 years, ARC has contracted with the Defense Logistics Agency for the production of cold weather headgear for military personnel. The agency manufactures both black knit and green fleece caps, which must meet strict specifications prior to being accepted for distribution to newly-enlisted military personnel. After another stop at one of the agency’s 24-hour care homes to meet staff and residents, Palmesano said “It was such a great privilege to meet with the administration, board of directors, dedicated support staff, concerned parents, and most of all, the consumers at the ARC of Seneca Cayuga. This visit gave me a chance to hear directly from them about their concerns and their recommendations on what we need to do to help improve the care and quality of life of our most vulnerable New Yorkers, people with developmental disabilities. It is very frightening for a parent to think about what will happen to their disabled child when they are no longer here or able to take care of them. It is so disheartening to hear about individuals on waiting lists and unable to receive access to care and these vital quality of life services. Securing support resources for our neighbors with developmental disabilities should be an absolute top priority for both houses of the legislature and the governor. It’s long overdue for New York to provide a decisive, strong commitment to help improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.”Lisa Guernsey, far left, General Manager of Arc’s Textile Division, toured Assemblyman Palmesano through the fleece cap production line. In the forefront, Chris Hatch inspects the caps before shipment.Arc of Seneca Cayuga is a not-for-profit agency comprised of people dedicated to assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. They provide opportunities and choices for treatment, employment, education, recreation, and community living to assist individuals with disabilities in realizing a productive and fulfilling life.