Our Agency


The HCA of Southern New York, Inc. has served people with disabilities and their families since 1947. HCA is a New York State Cerebral Palsy Association affiliate and a United Way Member Agency.

Child at playMission

  • Develop, establish, and maintain multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment services for developmentally and physically disabled persons and their families.
  • Plan and implement individualized programs designed to increase to the greatest possible degree the individual's physical, social, intellectual, and emotional abilities.
  • Enable developmentally disabled persons to remain in the community, develop to their fullest potential, and become independent functional members of society.


  • To provide integration opportunities for local people with disabilities in a dignified, respectful manner.
  • To provide an environment where activities, services and support are based on the dreams, interests, preferences, strengths, and capabilities of the individual -- where a person with a disability is treated as a person.


Our Leadership


Steve Sano"At this point in my life, there is not too much that amazes me. It seems I've seen the highs and lows of just about everything.

One thing that continues to astonish me is the people I get to work with here. Time after time their sense of compassion and commitment is demonstrated in ways that overwhelm me. The professionalism throughout the agency is astounding.

I think it's our people that make HCA different."

~ Steve Sano, Executive Director


Board membership


"My Board presence has included over 13 years of service. Through these years I have continued to witness the mentoring, love, and compassion that our employees and staff exhibit every day to our individuals and families.  This is what makes HCA different.”

  ~ Board President William Sands                                  




Board membership

President William Sands – Bearsch Compeau Knudson Architects & Engineers PC

Vice President - Lars Mead - Coughlin & Gerhart LLP
Treasurer Amy Brown – Piaker & Lyons, CPA's
Secretary Dana Potter - Magic 101.7 FM, G M Broadcasting, Inc.

Mick Chorny - Retired from OPWDD

Xan Penrose - Retired Business Owner

Gail Barton- Retired from Tioga County DSS


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