Assemblyman Tim Gordon, I-Bethlehem, said his office is dedicated to the effort to reverse Paterson's decision and get the legislation passed. He said he has worked with the foundation before and will continue to do so.
"What they've been doing is really quite amazing, and working together we've been able to pass some significant legislation," Gordon said.
The next legislative goal for the foundation will be to approach the issue of caregivers taking excessive overtime. Carey said that some of Jonathan's caregivers worked hundreds of hours over the course of a few weeks, limiting their ability to provide proper care.
"This shouldn't have been an issue, it should have been dealt with years and years ago," he said. "We don't want any other children or adults to lose their lives prematurely like Jonathan."
Besides continuing his efforts to have new legislation passed, Carey said he would soon be embarking on a project to add a children's and adult's shoes and clothing donation structure on the foundation's headquarters property at 90 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
Following the walk, lunch and entertainment was provided and a raffle was held for gift certificates and items donated by local businesses.
Carey encouraged those who want to help vulnerable children to contact the foundation, which can either provide information about reputable charities or service opportunities or distribute donations to specific causes. He emphasized that there is an opportunity to do good work no matter what your goal might be.
The foundation is on the Internet at www.jonathancareyfoundation.org.""