Assembly Passes Legislative Package in Observance of Annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

Bronx, N.Y. – In celebration and observance of the annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) joined her colleagues in the Assembly as they announced the passage of a package of bills that would improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities.

There are approximately 3.2 million New Yorkers that have reported having a disability, according to the New York State Department of Health. The Assembly’s legislative package ensures safety and protections for all New Yorkers who are disabled.

The legislative package includes measures that make sure New Yorkers with disabilities are afforded safer emergency evacuation plans, including more accessible housing. Also, bills have been passed to allow people with disabilities to fully participate in elections, public hearings and meetings. The suite of bills will also establish the New York State Interagency Coordinating Council for Service-Disabled Veterans, offer more affordable home care and improve worksite opportunities and benefits. Additional information regarding this legislative package of bills is available here: http://bit.ly/1NxdjEa.

“It is an honor to support and improve the quality of life for people that are disabled and their families in my community,” said Assemblywoman Joyner. “This legislative package of bills can help to better the lives of constituents who are disabled by making sure they are safer in emergencies, allowed appropriate access to housing and more affordable home care options, as well as offered equal treatment to fully participate in elections, public hearings and meetings.”

In addressing the needs of her community, Assemblywoman Joyner has introduced Assembly Bill A.9814, a measure that prohibits any rent increases where any modification, increase or improvement is made to accommodate the needs of a disabled tenant – including the installation of grab bars in the bathroom, making closet and front doors easier to open, and other services. Also, Assembly Bill A.7920 will amend current law to provide a disability benefit for employees of the New York City Transit Authority that become disabled following an assault while on the job. Assembly Bills A.9814 and A.7920 were not included in the above listed legislative package of bills.

“My bills build on the direction taken this year during the Annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, and ensure that those that are disabled in our community can live safely and comfortably in their homes” said Assemblywoman Joyner. “It will also expand protections and benefits for those are hurt and become disabled while serving their employer. These are commonsense solutions that can improve lives.”