Issues: Disability

With John Robinson and Doug Hamlin

I've never met two more inspiring people then John Robinson and Doug Hamlin. They just completed the 350 mile trip along the Erie Canal from Tonawanda to Albany to raise public awareness and to celebrate their abilities. I rode with them from Amsterdam to Schenectady and am amazed at their dedication and commitment.

 

July 14, 2014
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Advocates Celebrate Passage of State Task Force on People with Developmental Disabilities

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) joined advocates at Jawonio to celebrate the passage of the Task Force on People with Developmental Disabilities in the Senate and Assembly this year. 

July 10, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Rallying for disability services

This week in Albany I joined a rally to highlight the need for residential support and services for the developmentally disabled community.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Parker, Legislators and Veterans Groups Advocate for Bill to Guarantee Veteran Amputees Latest Prosthetic Technology

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker joined Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo and veterans groups advocate to announce their bill, A6820/S5390, which clarifies that amputee veterans who have lost a limb due to their military service, and who have private insurance to supplement their Veterans Administration benefits, cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Carlucci & Assemblywoman Jaffee Push for Protections for Service Dog Owners Bill Passes Senate, Push to Pass in Assembly Made

PEARL RIVER- Senator Carlucci and Assemblywoman Jaffee stood with service dog owner and Pearl River resident Andrea Myscak to make a final push to pass legislation in the Assembly that will provide protections for service dog owners discriminated against throughout the State.

There are approximately 20,000 service dogs across the country that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks that benefit an individual with a disability. Typically, dogs are handled in a three-unit service team consisting of a person with a disability, a trained service dog and a person over the age of eighteen who has been trained to handle a service dog.

May 15, 2014
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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Parker's Bill to Protect Mentally Disabled Persons Living in Community Residences

(Brooklyn, NY) – In a unanimous vote on Tuesday May 6, State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S.955, passed the Senate. The bill clarifies that the discharge of a resident from a community residence licensed or operated by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shall not be considered a landlord / tenant matter, as opposed to be governed by regulations aimed at creating the best therapeutic outcome for such a resident.

May 7, 2014
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Catskill Daily Mail: Providers, lawmakers dismayed at EI ‘band-aid’

 

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Early Intervention providers and lawmakers are calling for further action after they say the state’s 2014-2015 budget failed to substantially address the state’s EI billing crisis.

 

April 2, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Fights for "Guaranteed Stream" of Funding for Spinal Cord Research

Senator Bonacic spoke at an Albany press conference recently to pledge his support for increased spinal cord research funding in the 2014-2015 budget. Remarking on a statement made at the conference that this would be a job-creating endeavor, Senator Bonacic said that this was more “about caring for all of our citizens and their families.”

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SUPPORTS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS

Gallivan sponsors new initiative to specifically help service-disabled veterans

March 24, 2014
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"Let's not make them come back each year, hat in hand."

Remarks by Senator Bonacic at press conference proposing the "guaranteed stream" of spinal injury research funding in 2014-2015 budget.

March 20, 2014
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InspireNY

Senator David Carlucci supports and protects people with intellectual and developmental disabilites

March 12, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Announces InspireNY: Action to Support 8,000 New Yorkers left in Limbo

Senator David Carlucci, Chair of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee in the State Senate, joined advocates, employers and affected New Yorker’s today to talk about the InspireNY tax credit that promises to provide employment to New Yorkers who previously worked in sheltered workshops throughout the State.

   8,000 New Yorkers currently employed in sheltered workshops now have to transition to a integrated employment model leaving many in limbo.

March 10, 2014
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Senator Young Introduces Legislation to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, February 27, 2014

Senate Bill 6640 Supports Integrated Work Centers for Job Seekers with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) has introduced legislation that will help New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to keep their current jobs while also creating important employment opportunities for future job seekers.

Recent federal and state announcements have revealed that sheltered workshops employing individuals with developmental disabilities, as they now exist, will close. Senator Young’s bill provides a means for these sheltered workshops to transition into qualified employment centers that can continue to employ people with developmental disabilities, while also providing tax incentives to encourage additional employment.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Calls for Support of Legislation to Improve Emergency Responses Involving ‘Emotionally Disturbed’

(Brooklyn, NY) –  Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.

February 19, 2014
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ADDABBO AND MAYOR’S OPD COMMISSIONER AT OZONE PARK CIVIC MEETING

Queens, NY, November 21, 2013 --  NYS Senator Joe Addabbo presents Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, to attendees, officers and members at the most recent Ozone Park Civic meeting.  Commissioner Calise came from Ozone Park and had some friends and neighbors in the audience.

November 21, 2013
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RITCHIE FEATURED AS GUEST SPEAKER AT JRC’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DINNER MEETING

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting, speaking to attendees about the importance of the organization and recognizing JRC for its role in the community. 

Founded in 1954, JRC  has provided programs and services to countless developmentally disabled children and adults in the Jefferson County area and currently serves more than 1,000 individuals and their families annually. In addition, JRC is also a major employer in the North Country, with more than 650 staff members.  

October 17, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES STOP AT JRC

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s location on Gaffney Drive in Watertown, touring the organization’s DayHab and preschool programs.  

October 17, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced that legislation he supported to protect individuals with developmental disabilities has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

October 4, 2013
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