Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state’s donations to charities through their income-tax returns, the Democrat and Chronicle reported today.
It also would restructure the state Health Research Science Board, which recommends how to distribute similar funding for breast cancer, the paper reported.
The Democrat and Chronicle has written in recent months how the program is flawed: N.Y. tax checkoff fund to nowhere
And here’s a database on the situation: NY tax checkoff funds
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Advocates reacted warily to Cuomo’s proposals, which came without any announcement or fanfare. Darryl Mitteldorf, chairman of the New York State Prostate Cancer Coalition, said the state’s handling of the prostate cancer money to date has been “cause for cynicism,” and he hopes the state will consult his group on how best to use the money.
“We hope that this money will be distributed with good conscience, with regard for research that will advance the hunt for a true cure for prostate cancer,” he said.
Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, said her group fought to add six regional seats for breast cancer survivors that would be eliminated from the Health Research Science Board under Cuomo’s budget.
It’s questionable how effective the regional seats were — Anderson said the western New York slot has long sat vacant.
“The tax checkoff programs have been a frustration for the breast cancer advocate community,” she said.
The prostate cancer fund, created in 2004, had collected $2.9 million but had yet to release a dime as of last year.