Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Introduces Legislation to Support Caregivers in New York State

New bill proposes excusing full-time caregivers from jury service for the benefit of those in their care

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the NYS Assembly Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders and a dedicated father of a son with autism, has introduced new legislation aimed at easing the burdens on full-time caregivers across the state. Assemblyman Santabarbara's proposed bill seeks to provide essential relief to caregivers who are responsible for individuals with special needs.

The primary objective of Assemblyman Santabarbara's bill is to exempt individuals from jury service if they are full-time caregivers responsible for the care of a person with a mental or physical condition that renders them incapable of caring for themselves. The bill recognizes the unique challenges and responsibilities faced by caregivers, allowing them to prioritize the well-being and safety of their dependents.

“Caregivers play an essential role in our community, providing unwavering support to individuals with disabilities. They often bear the full responsibility for the care, safety, and well-being of their loved ones and cannot leave them unattended for extended periods,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “My bill recognizes the demanding nature of their roles and aims to alleviate the burdens they face. By excusing full-time caregivers from jury service, this legislation not only eases their daily challenges but also ensures that the people under their care receive the attention and care they require.”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara's bill stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. It’s another step towards recognizing and supporting those who selflessly provide essential care, ensuring that they can continue to make a profound difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara represents the 111th Assembly District in New York and has been a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. As the Chair of the NYS Assembly Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, he has consistently worked to improve the quality of life for those affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. With his latest bill, Assemblyman Santabarbara continues to champion the rights and needs of caregivers in New York State.