NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York State Senator David Carlucci wants to reinstate at least three percent of the five percent cut from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the 2011-12 budget.

“In this budget we’re not talking about trimming bloated government salaries. We’re talking about vital services to our most vulnerable population,” said Carlucci.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi talks with State Senator Carlucci about the proposed cuts

Carlucci told WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi he’s worried those who need help will fall through the cracks.

“This is a perfect example where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Carlucci.

Budget cuts would mean those who care for those with special needs will be laid off, said Carlucci.

In the long run, Carlucci believes it will cost taxpayers more if the state doesn’t provide quality service now.