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The 504 Democratic Club is a New York City-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of society. Club members hail from all five boroughs, reaching across every conceivable line to include a richly diverse group of people with disabilities, public officials, friends and family who support the concepts set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Currently the 504 Democratic Club has around 350 members, and has celebrated its twentieth anniversary in the Fall of 2003.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all federally funded programs must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is the precursor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GAINING ACCESS: The New York City Disability Rights Movement

Curated by Warren Shaw

July 1-October 23, 2015
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepoint Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Free Admission on Fridays for People with Disabilities

Download the event flyer


Landmark Announcement

Taxis For All Campaign

December 6, 2013

One out of every two medallion taxicabs
will be wheelchair accessible by 2020

Please visit Taxis for All Campaign website for more details

Get Out and Vote!

To find a voting location near you, please use the Board of Elections Poll Site Locator.

All voting locations are accessible People with disabilities can use the Ballot Marking Device (BMD)

For more information on the Ballot Marking Device or to visit the Board of Elections website

Ballot Marking Device Information (PDF)

Club Endorsements and Candidate Questionnaires

View the list of candidates running in this fall's New York City elections endorsed by the 504 Democratic Club. updated September 8, 2014

Last updated: September 8, 2014

View the responses to these questionnaires from the candidates noted below:
Position Candidate Social Media
Governor small photo of Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo
Lieutenant Governor small photo of Kathy HochulKathy Hochul
Congressmember small photo of Charles RangelCharles Rangel
13th Congressional District, Manhattan

State Senator small photo of John LiuJohn Liu
11th State Senate District, Queens

small photo of Dell SmithermanDell Smitherman
19th State Senate District, Brooklyn

small photo of Rubain DorancyRubain Dorancy
20th State Senate District, Brooklyn

small photo of James KemmererJames Kemmerer
22nd State Senate District, Brooklyn

small photo of Robert JacksonRobert Jackson
31st State Senate District, Manhattan

small photo of Gustavo RiveraGustavo Rivera
33rd State Senate District, Bronx

small photo of G. Oliver KoppellG. Oliver Koppell
34th State Senate District, Bronx

small photo of Ruth Hassell-ThompsonRuth Hassell-Thompson
36th State Senate District, Bronx
Assemblymember small photo of Steven CymbrowitzSteven Cymbrowitz
45th Assembly District, Brooklyn
small photo of Felix OrtizFelix Ortiz
51st Assembly District, Brooklyn
small photo of Jo Anne SimonJo Anne Simon
52nd Assembly District, Brooklyn
small photo of Charles BarronCharles Barron
60th Assembly District, Manhattan
small photo of Herman D. Farrell Jr.Herman D. Farrell Jr.
74th Assembly District, Manhattan
small photo of Gus ChristensenGus Christensen
76th Assembly District, Manhattan


Questionnaires for the candidates running for the office of:


Remembering Sylvia Friedman

By Marvin Wasserman

I was saddened to learn of the passing earlier today of a great friend, former Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman. She was a former District Leader and State Committee Member, as well as serving in several capacities, including co-Executive Director of CIDNY. Sylvia was the first active member of the 504 Democratic Club to be elected to public office when in 2006 she was elected to the State Assembly, filling the term of her predecessor, Steve Sanders, who had resigned.

She was a fierce advocate for persons with disabilities, as someone with emphysema, steadily worsened over the years.

Sylvia Friedman's Memorial services were held on Sunday, March 3rd at 2PM, at the Friend's Meetinghouse on East 15th Street and Rutherford Place in Manhattan.


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Taxis For All Campaign

Taxis For All Campaign

View and/or print out the Landmark Decision: New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's Operation of Inaccessible Taxi Fleet Discriminates Against New Yorkers with Disabilities

Listen to this 9-minute, 22-second MP3 audio of former New York Governor David Paterson speaking with Edith Prentiss on WOR Radio on December 21, 2011

View and/or print out the provisions of the new Taxi bill

Links to the press coverage the new Taxi bill

Please click "Like" on the Taxis For All Campaign Fan Page on Facebook


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