By JIMMY THE SAINT
New York’s State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, aka OASAS, today proudly announced a one million dollar funding spree to benefit a bunch of degenerate losers at some drug rehab in Staten Island. These state monies – meaning that they come from hard-working taxpayers – will go to Camelot of Staten Island, Inc. to cover costs associated with its residential treatment center for junkies and the like.
Wouldn’t it be nice, instead, to reward people who aren’t crack heads, meth addicts, and heroin dirt bags? It would be a fantastic message to the residents of New York, as well as the youth, if the government sent this $1 million grant to a series of small businesses who provide services for all people, rather than a group of substance abusers. Or perhaps give the money to people who have contributed to society by helping others through teaching, law enforcement services, or the protection of life.
But no, there’s a pantry of state legislators who are all excited and full of glee to dump one million dollars today – and billions over time – to dopers and pill poppers.
New York State Senator Andrew Lanza chirped, “I am proud to have helped to secure this critical funding for a new Residential Treatment Program at Camelot so that more Staten Islanders who are struggling with addiction can get the help they need. This program will help to restore residents’ chances of living a productive life by addressing their illness of drug addiction and providing them with education, job training and support services as they phase back in to society.”
Diane Savino, another state senator, bellowed “I would like to commend Governor Cuomo for awarding Camelot with $1 million for their new Community Residential Treatment Program.” “This funding will help them to continue the on-job training and other needed services they’ve been providing for the men here on Staten Island. When individuals are acclimated back into the community, they need all the support they can get and its agencies like Camelot who make that possible.”
But wait, there’s more.
New York State Assemblyman Michael Cusick dribbled, “Staten Island finds itself at the epicenter of a heroin and opioid abuse crisis that has claimed too many young people and altered the lives of families throughout our borough. While policymakers, community groups, and law enforcement agencies address this issue from all angles, treatment specialists on Staten Island continue to do tremendous work in helping individuals overcome addiction. Treatment is vital to fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic. The funding we are announcing today for Camelot of Staten Island will enable them to continue to treat the patients they have, while ensuring they have the capacity to help more people in need that may come to their door. I want to thank Commissioner González-Sánchez and her team at OASAS, as well as Luke Nasta and everyone at Camelot, for their partnership in addressing this crisis. I could not be more proud to have helped make this a reality, and I remain committed to work with these partners to rid our communities of the scourge of drug abuse.”
And how about another elected official’s cries of happiness to filter seven figures to this Staten Island rehab factory:
“Camelot has been at the forefront from the near beginning in the fight against substance abuse, successfully serving communities throughout all of New York City. It has finally become abundantly clear what the service providers at Camelot have known all along – Staten Island cannot afford to lose another generation to the horrific disease of addiction. This funding is a much needed component toward battling and overcoming substance abuse on Staten Island and New York City. Kudos to the Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services for taking this critical step,” chimed New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone.
Kudos should be given to the state legislators who introduce, and succeed in passing, legislation to close OASAS, and redirect their massive quantities of funds back to the taxpayers of New York.
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