Issues: Disability

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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DAP Celebrates 30 Years

On Tuesday, January 29th, I had the privilege to attend a press conference for the Disability Advocacy Program. The program is celebrating their 30th year. For more information, visit http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/dap/.

January 30, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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GALLIVAN HONORS NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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101 Mobility Opens in Rochester

On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening ceremony for 101 Mobility, located at 1249 Ridgeway Avenue. 101 Mobility is a local provider of mobility and accessibility equipment. Their local staff of consultants and service personnel install and service hundreds of auto lifts, stair lifts, turning seats, modular ramps and platform lifts each year. For more information, visit www.101mobility.com.

August 23, 2012
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Release of Records

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 25, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Release of Records Legislation

June 24, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces Senate Passes Legislation Creating The Justice Center For The Protection of People with Special Needs

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted for Senate passage of sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected.  The bill (S7749), which passed the Senate unanimously, is part of an agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 21, 2012
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Legislature approves "Protection of People With Special Needs Act"

Albany, N.Y., June 20—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly to enact the “Protection of People With Special Needs Act” to reform and strengthen protections for more than one million state residents with special needs who are served by facilities and programs operated, licensed and certified by state agencies.

The agreed-upon legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 20, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Create New Crime of Exploiting the Elderly and Vulnerable Adults

The New York State Senate today responded to the need for increased protection against financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults by passing legislation to make such actions a crime. The legislation (S6712), sponsored by Senator Patrick M.

June 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to End Finger Imaging Requirement for Food Stamp Recipients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will end the finger imaging requirement for all food stamp applicants and recipients, helping simplify the application process and removing a barrier to reducing hunger among the state’s children and adults.

May 17, 2012
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NYSDOT Releases Competitive Solicitation for up to $11.5 Million Under the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released a competitive solicitation for project applications for up to $11.5 million under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2012.  The Section 5310 Program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides federal funding assistance to meet the specialized transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PROTECTION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ACT

    The New York State Senate yesterday passed the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs. The bill (S.7400) will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs. 

May 16, 2012
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SENATOR JIM ALESI / SENATE PASSES PROTECTION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ACT

Legislation Establishes the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Strengthening the State’s Standards and Practices for Protecting Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PROTECTION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs.

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS WHO MAKE CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE OLDER RELATIVES OR DISABLED PEOPLE

    The New York State Senate yesterday passed a bill (S.638), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows local governments to authorize property tax exemptions for people who make improvements or changes to their homes to accommodate senior relatives or disabled people. The legislation means that homeowners are able to add on to their homes for this purpose without having to pay higher taxes resulting from increased property assessments.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS WHO MAKE CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE OLDER RELATIVES OR DISABLED PEOPLE

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.638) which allows local governments to authorize property tax exemptions for people who make improvements or changes to their homes to accommodate senior relatives or disabled people. The legislation means that homeowners are able to add on to their homes for this purpose without having to pay higher taxes resulting from increased property assessments.

May 7, 2012
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Audible Crosswalk Installation in West Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined AMVETS, Suffolk County Independent Living Organization (SILO) members, local officials and advocates for the disabled on March 23, 2012 to celebrate the installation of an audible crosswalk at the intersection of Route 109 and Great East Neck Road in West Babylon.  The audible crosswalk, giving an audible cue when it's safe to cross the intersection, is invaluable to the visually impaired in the West Babylon community.  It also makes a safer crossing for the physically challenged as well as senior citizens and moms with children in tow.

May 4, 2012
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Grisanti Sponsors Bill To Increase Instruction On Disabilities Passes Senate

BUFFALO, NY-May 2, 2012-Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage of his bill S. 2352  that would amend the education law to provide curriculum on the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities to students in grades seven to twelfth.   This bill is intended to promote greater awareness and tolerance of students with disabilities, Disability curriculum provides a forum for discussion and inspires respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a roadmap for creating an accepting society.  Present law requires the NYS Board of Regents create a curriculum that educates elementary students only.

May 2, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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