BUFFALO, NY — Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), issued the following statement in response to the final New York State Budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012, which was adopted by the New York State Legislature March 31 and takes effect today:
“In this budget, RPCI does not receive sufficient New York State support to pursue our strategic objectives along the lines we’d initially planned. However, substantial strides were made since Governor Cuomo’s first budget proposal was released,” Dr. Trump said. “The next step is to work with the Governor and the Legislature to ensure that predictable, sustaining support in the coming years will enable Roswell Park to continue its growth trajectory and to meet its mission as both a cancer-care provider and a research-based economic-development engine for Western New York and the entire state.”
Dr. Trump also extended thanks to the entire Western New York delegation — a bipartisan group of members from both houses of the Legislature who vigorously advocated with their colleagues and legislative leaders in pursuit of restorations to mitigate the disproportionate cuts to RPCI.
“First and foremost, I thank Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Health Committee Chairman Sen. Kemp Hannon and the Senate Republican delegation — Sens. Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Gallivan, Grisanti and Young, who must be acknowledged for including restoration of capital funding in the Senate’s budget resolution. Without that action, there would have been no chance of securing restorations,” said Dr. Trump. “Second, we commend Speaker Silver and Majority members in the Assembly — Assembly Members Hoyt, Gabryszak, Schroeder and Peoples-Stokes, who pushed hard in support of the $7.8 million in restorations that were included in the final budget, along with the potential availability of capital funding.” Dr. Trump continued, “Finally, I thank the Governor for recognizing the devastating impact more severe funding reductions would have had — and for his commitment to work with us to ensure the long-term sustainability of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.”
Dr. Trump noted that RPCI still faces significant challenges, given the year-to-year reduction of $25 million in funding from New York State. “But through the good work of our outstanding workforce,” he said, “Roswell Park will continue to provide outstanding cancer care, conduct cutting-edge research and create jobs.”
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager