Issues: Disability

In Light of Disturbing Local Reports of Housing Discrimination, Kennedy Proposes Bill to Strengthen Protections for Veterans with Therapy Dogs

Senator Stands with WNY Heroes & HOME to Outline New Bill Focused on Veterans Who Have Medically-Prescribed Therapy Animals to Help Treat Trauma 

Kennedy Says it is Our Duty to Protect Those Who Have Served So Bravely to Protect Us

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) stood with Iraq War Veteran and President of WNY Heroes Chris Krieger, Scott Gehl of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and other local advocates today to outline newly-created legislation (S.6031) designed to strengthen protections for veterans and individuals with disabilities who rely on and own therapy dogs from housing discrimination. The bill strengthens New York State’s Human Rights law, better aligning it with applicable federal laws.

August 25, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Honored For Efforts On Behalf Of Individuals With Disabilities

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was recently honored by the Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO) for his work on behalf of individuals with disabilities.  SILO presented Senator Flanagan with a certificate during its event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

August 4, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Walks for a Cure

There was a sea of purple showing support for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, at Beaver Island State Park Saturday morning. Karen Shiesley started the walk a few years ago for her grandson Kale who’s battling the rare disease. Senator Ortt was proud to speak about a bill that originated out of Congressman Collins’ subcommittee. The 21st Century Cures Act would help develop effective treatments more quickly that could eventually lead to a cure. 

August 1, 2015
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ADDABBO MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK FEDERAL AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Says Work is Ongoing to Improve Opportunities for People with Disabilities

July 31, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER IN COMMEMORATING 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). 

     Signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, the ADA was a giant step towards eliminating discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA, together with enhancements made in 2008, gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protections and equal opportunities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications. 

July 27, 2015
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Ortt Questions NFTA on Service Cuts as ADA Celebrates Anniversary

Senator Says Recent Cuts Threaten ADA Requirements for Paratransit Riders

Senator, Local Elected Officials, Advocates Call on NFTA to Reinstate Routes 57 and 55L

July 25, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Invited to White House for 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) has been invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

President George H.W. Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA also assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN DINOWITZ & COUNCIL MEMBER COHEN HOST SCRIE/DRIE & EPIC TOWN HALL

Senator Klein to hold series of town halls this summer to increase awareness of NYC rent freeze program and prescription drug discounts for seniors

RIVERDALE, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx), held a Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) and Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) town hall at Riverdale Neighborhood House on Monday.

June 30, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Passes ABLE Act

Senator David Carlucci has passed S4472D/A7767B, legislation that will provide people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.

In December 2014, the Federal Government passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience also known as the ABLE Act. This legislation, allows family members or caregivers to save money for a loved one that has a disability, tax free. Now that New York has passed S4472D, they can take part in this historic program.

June 19, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Presents Liberty Medal to Batavia Resident

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Western New York native Ricky Palermo is the recipient of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for his contributions to the treatment of spinal cord injuries.  The Batavia resident has helped raise more than $1-million for research and awareness.  

June 10, 2015
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National Autism Awareness Month

April is recognized as National Autism Awareness Month, with April 2nd designated as World Autism Awareness Day. The disorder affects nearly 1 in 68 children. To help raise awareness, please click on www.autismspeaks.org

April 2, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Agreement to Keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Open

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that as part of a new state budget, an agreement has been reached to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for at least another year.  The state had proposed closing the center and moving adolescent patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & STATE SENATE HONOR HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL PRESIDENT ON EARNING NATIONAL AWARD

     Photo caption: Senator Martins (standing right) leads the New York State Senate in honoring Viscardi School President & CEO John Kemp (seated third left) on earning the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. Viscardi School leaders and students, along with Mr. Kemp’s wife, Sameta, joined Senator Martins and Mr. Kemp on the Senate floor during the tribute. 

March 4, 2015
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Senator Serrano Meets with Advocates for Schools that Serve the Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with The Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. (IAC), an advocacy group for schools that serve the deaf, blind and physically disabled. The group traveled to Albany to discuss the importance of expanding the services provided for this group.

March 3, 2015
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Senator Martins & State Senate Honor Viscardi School President John Kemp

     Senator Martins and the New York State Senate today honored John Kemp, President & CEO of the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, on being chosen as the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize winner.

     The Dole Leadership Prize is a national award given annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, President George H.W. Bush, and Rudolph Giuliani. John Kemp is the first disability leader to receive the distinction and personally selected by former Senator Robert Dole.

March 2, 2015
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Senator Valesky plan sets aside $10m for supportive housing Upstate in IDC “Invest NY” agenda

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference have unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services.

February 19, 2015
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Murphy and Purple Heart Homes raise money for Korean War vet

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy, in collaboration with Eugene Parrotta, executive director of the newly created Purple Heart Homes New York Down State Chapter #1,  organized a fund raising dinner for 83-year old Korean War Veteran Stephen O'Loughlin of Yorktown to help make his home handicap accessible by installing railings to his front and back porch. The dinner was held on Friday night at the Yorktown Heights VFW Post 8328.

January 30, 2015
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Seward Honors Longtime Leader of The Arc Otsego

ONEONTA, 01/14/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented The Arc Otsego Executive Director Joe Judd with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of his retirement after thirty-nine years of distinguished service.

“Joe Judd’s commitment and vision have lead The Arc Otsego through nearly four decades of service and growth,” said Senator Seward.  “His dedication to those with developmental disabilities and their families has truly changed lives for the better.  I have partnered with him over the years and am extremely pleased that the entire State of New York now knows of his wonderful work.” 

January 14, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Meets With Advocates from The Spinal Cord Research Group

On January 12, 2015, Senator John J. Bonacic met in Albany with advocates from the Spinal Cord Research Group to discuss funding for the group, the 2015 legislative session, and other issues of concern.  The attendees were (back row) Keith Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Board Member; Linda Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Group; Rich Gurgui, Spinal Cord Research Program; Matt Jacobs, New Yorkers to cure Paralysis; (front) Terry O'Neill, Director of The Constantine Institute; and Scott Remington of the Spinal Cord Research Benefit. 

January 12, 2015
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Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014
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