State Senator Joseph Griffo is concerned over the amount of funding that's been allocated to address Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in New York State.

Griffo has sent a letter to state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker addressing his concerns.

He says despite cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases steadily rising, the new state budget crafted by downstate Democrats allocated nearly $ 1 million less than last year.

Griffo says the loss of funding will affect tick-borne disease prevention efforts.

"The threat of tick-borne illnesses continues to grow throughout New York State," Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said. "I remain concerned about the impact that a decrease in funding will have on our efforts to combat this issue and will continue to advocate for the funding and resources that we need to appropriately address this significant problem."