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.
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.
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.