The New York State Senate budget resolution adopted yesterday, March 15, 2011, included a measure to restore $25 million in capital funding to Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) that was eliminated in the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal. Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of RPCI, issued the following statement in response to this support from the State Senate:
“We are extremely grateful to the New York State Senate, especially Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the entire Western New York Senate delegation, for their strong support of Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” Dr. Trump said. “The Senate’s action clearly recognizes and mitigates the disproportionate cuts recommended in the Governor’s Executive Budget.
“Roswell Park looks forward to working with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo on a final budget that will secure the future of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the continued growth of the Western New York life-sciences economy,” Dr. Trump added.
This action by the New York Senate is one step in the process on the way to adoption of a final budget. Conference committees are now considering the Assembly, Senate and Executive budget proposals. A final budget is expected to be adopted by April 1, 2011.
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