Issues: Disability


     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

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

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


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

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

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

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

April 2, 2015

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


     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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Senator Young Honored with Community Action Award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation

For Release: Immediate, December 5, 2014

Senator Cathy Young was given the great honor of receiving the annual “Community Action Award” from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation in a special presentation held at their Dunkirk location yesterday afternoon.

“To be presented with this award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation is an honor that I truly and profoundly appreciate. They do wonderful work serving our communities and providing the care and services that people with disabilities need and deserve. The real recognition goes to everyone at The Resource Center and TRC Foundation who work every day to help and support them,” said Senator Young.

December 5, 2014

Senator Young Presented with NYS Council for Exceptional Children's 2014 Excellence in Community Service Award

For Release: Immediate, November 21, 2014

ALBANY - The New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS CEC) has honored Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) with their 2014 “Excellence in Community Service Award.”

At their 61st annual conference in Syracuse, NYS CEC President Annmarie Urso, Ph.D., officially announced Senator Young as the honoree to be recognized with this year’s prestigious award.

November 21, 2014

Senator Carlucci Helps Create Jobs With $100,000 Grant to Jawonio

On Monday November 17th, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) visited the Jawonio Main Campus to announce $100,000 in critical funding he secured for vocational services at Jawonio.

For decades, Jawonio has provided support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout Rockland County, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey. Parts of those services include vocational/employment services through the Personalized Recovery Oriented Service (PROS) model that focuses on a multi-faceted recovery program that includes employment.

November 17, 2014
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