The deadline for the 2023 Executive Budget is fast approaching, and it's more important than ever to let Governor Hochul know that investing in the workforce and system of supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is of critical importance!

Let Gov. Hochul know that The Arc of Monroe MATTERS! Please use your influence to raise these concerns however you can and support The Arc of Monroe, the 1400 people we support and our 800 employees who deserve a fair wage. Specific consideration for our field is essential.

For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with IDD rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York's system of supports for its citizens with IDD. The data speaks for itself:

  • 38% of providers discontinued or reduced programs and services in 2021 alone.
  • Average statewide staff turnover rate is 35.5%.
  • Turnover costs for non-profit providers have risen to more than $100 million annually.
  • Nearly 20,000 critical Direct Support positions are vacant statewide.
  • The 18% vacancy rate means New Yorkers with disabilities are missing out on needed care and support.

Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2023-24 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:

  • Establish a Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE) to make up for years of underinvestment.
  • Include the statutory 8.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA).

Thank you!
Tracy Petrichick
President and CEO
The Arc of Monroe
(585) 271-0660, ext. 2233


Arc of Monroe Contacts

Tracy Petrichick
(585) 672-2233

Mike Zazzara
Chief Operating Officer
(585) 271-0660 x 1014

Brandy Soloman
Director of Business Relations, Job Path
(585) 256-7330 x2520

Mike Czora
General Manager, ArcWorks
(585) 698-1334

Tracy Crosby
Executive Director, Arc Foundation of Monroe
(585) 672-2228

Christen Smith
Director of Marketing & Communications
(585) 773-8535

Let's Mix It Up!

We would love an opportunity to hold a mixer or Chamber event at ArcWorks and invite members to tour our world-class manufacturing facility, meet our exceptional staff and sample delicious fare from our own ArcDeli! You pick the date, and we'll bring the fun! 


Helping Small Businesses GROW!


Sashti Balasundaram, CEO and inventor of the WeRadiate unit, a soil and compost analyzer, was a finalist in a Grow-NY competition focusing on food and agriculture – out of some 400 competitors, he was 1 of 5 winners, garnering a $250,000 prize!

Sashti is a Master Composter, which means he is an expert at turning organic matter – like banana peels and apple cores and table scraps – into nutrient-rich compost. Mixed into soil, compost improves plant growth, enhances soil fertility, and reduces soil erosion. Results include healthy vegetables and flowers.

Sashti sees Arcworks as a true PARTNER in his endeavor to change the world, and shared his testimony with us (see below). WeRadiate is the first customer into ArcWorks new LVCM (Low Volume Contract Manufacturing) lab, and Shashti has been singing the praises of the world-class manufacturer.

Third Eye Design

In 2009, David Werner founded Third Eye Design with the intention of making the world a better, safer place. Headquartered in Pittsford, NY, the company soon launched its first product, a sophisticated wireless, helmet-mounted brake, and signal light called InView. inView is centered on a patented, groundbreaking Radio Frequency (RF) communication protocol, which allows almost all helmet battery power to be used for LED illumination instead of RF communication with the motorcycle. The innovative technology provides for a feature-rich unit that is free from user intervention.

David values his partnership with ArcWorks as our businesses work together to help our communities thrive. Watch his testimony below.

Supporting Rochester with Dedicated Workers

Crickler Vending explains how people supported by Job Path are its most consistent workers

Job Path helps fill Rochester labor shortage by training and empowering people with disabilities to work in dozens of local businesses

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