Issues: Disability

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

At the Center for Discovery's Harvest Festival

Senator Bonacic attended the Center for Discovery's Harvest Festival on November 2, 2014, which honored three individuals for their dedication to improving the lives of those with disabilities.  The Senator presented the honorees with NYS Senate Certificates of Merit, and also applauded the work of the Center which is committed to providing positive experiences for their disabled population.  (with the Senator is Michael Watkins on left, and Richard Humleker)


November 5, 2014


Squadron's Letter to DOT Asks for Improvements to Pedestrian Ramps and Crosswalk Markings, Removal of Obstructions

Over 90 Intersections Surveyed to Assess Needs

MANHATTAN – State Senator Daniel Squadron today sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation calling for repairs at several intersections, which were identified based on a survey of over 90 intersections carried out by Senator Squadron’s office over the summer. The repairs requested will improve accessibility for the elderly and the disabled. The full letter, which also requests a status update and a timetable for repairs, is below.

October 17, 2014

Senator Carlucci & Advocates Celebrate New Law To Protect People with Special Needs

Today Senator David Carlucci celebrated the signing of new legislation into law that will protect people with special needs. The primary purpose of the bill is to protect people with disabilities during an interview with the Justice Center, a law enforcement agency and advocate for people with special needs.

While the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs was given all the powers of a law enforcement agency, it was not required to take into account the special needs of the people who it is charged with protecting during the course of an interview.

October 15, 2014

Senator Young Presented with NYS Rehabilitiation Association's Public Official of the Year Award

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

            Senator Young was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Public Official of the Year Award” from the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA).

            NYSRA represents 90 not-for-profit human service organizations and advocates throughout New York State who dedicate themselves to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities.

September 23, 2014

Opening of New Affordable Special Needs Housing in Middletown, September 16, 2014

Senator Bonacic speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the  new Oak Ridge Apartments in the Town of Wallkill.   This $16.8 million project was  a collaboration between Occupations, Inc., and Warwick developer Jonah Mandelbaum, who generously donated the housing project to Occupations for $3.  This apartment complex will offer 77 affordable units, including 15 for people with developmental disabilities.   (At left is James B. DeStefano, President of Occupations System of Care.)

September 17, 2014

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York's Accessibility Signage and Logos

Enacted alongside 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


July 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gallivan sponsors new initiative to specifically help service-disabled veterans

March 24, 2014

"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


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

March 12, 2014
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