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Liz Krueger, candidate for State Senator (26th State Senate District, Manhattan)


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Candidate Name: Liz Krueger

Campaign Manager: Keith Powers

Phone: 212-922-2976

Fax: 212-490-2151

 

Campaign Name: Friends of Liz Krueger

Campaign Address: 41 Union Square West, Suite 818, New York, N.Y. 10003

Email: liz@lizkrueger.com

Website: www.lizkrueger.com

State Senate District: 26

 

  1. Please describe any experience with disability you have had in your life or career.

    I have created and run programs providing assistance to disabled New Yorkers and worked with many disabled advocacy organizations to assist people with disabilities in accessing needed government benefits and services.
     

  2. Is your campaign headquarters accessible to persons with disabilities? If you are an incumbent, is your district office accessible to persons with disabilities? If you are in private practice, is your office accessible to persons with disabilities? If not, what have you done to ensure access?

    Yes, both my offices are accessible.
     

  3. How will you incorporate people with disabilities into your campaign?

    I have always had many participants in my campaigns who were people with disabilities, and I will continue to utilize their skills at every level of my campaigns.
     

  4. Are you willing to hire and use flex-time and job-sharing if necessary?

    Yes, and I do.
     

  5. Seventy (70%) percent of people with disabilities of working age are unemployed at any given time, no matter how well or poorly the economy is doing. How will you use your office to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

    I will work to ensure that employment programs adequately address the specific needs of people with disabilities, and will fight to ensure that our anti-discrimination laws are broadly interpreted and strictly enforced.
     

  6. What will you do to reverse the negative impact of recent decisions in Federal Courts which are undercutting the powers of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities in New York State? How would you change the laws of New York State to protect the rights of its citizens with disabilities?

    It is clear that with the current makeup of the Supreme Court, we cannot expect favorable interpretations of the ADA at the federal level. I support A2159, which would waive sovereign immunity in ada-related cases brought against NYS. I also strongly support S.3921, which would incorporate Titles II and III of the ADA into New York State Human Rights Law.
     

  7. Currently, over 130,000 people reside in nursing homes and other care facilities in New York State. In 1999, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found in L.C. v Olmstead that individuals with disabilities have a right to live in the most integrated setting. What will you do to encourage Olmstead implementation in New York?

    I support a Medicaid 1915C waiver program to allow people with disabilities of any age to access care in their communities. The state also needs to implement regulations requiring the state to serve people in the most integrated settings possible.
     

  8. We are in the midst of a housing crisis. Accessible, affordable housing is in short supply. People with disabilities are being priced out of the market. What would you do to develop a housing policy that would lead to the development and maintenance of accessible, affordable and integrated housing stock?

    I support repealing the Urstadt Law, which would restore local control over NYC housing policy, and am fighting to expand that program. I was also an advocate for the creation of the DRIE program, and am fighting to expand that program. I also advocate the creation of a statewide registry of all affordable housing accessible to the disabled. I have also called for a dramatic increase in funding for the Low Income Housing Trust Fund, and for the Affordable Housing Corporation.
     

  9. Timothy's Law was designed to end health insurance discrimination by enacting parity in coverage for people with biologically-based psychiatric disabilities. To address cost concerns raised by small businesses, the agreement directs the state Superintendent of Insurance to develop a methodology that would hold businesses with 50 or fewer employees harmless from any increase in insurance premiums that result from this measure. It also requires the state Insurance Department and the Office of Mental Health to conduct a two year study to determine the effectiveness and impact of mental health parity legislation in New York and other states. What would you do to help small business?

    Passage of Timothy's Law is a critical step for meeting the health care needs of New Yorkers. I support language in the Senate/Assembly compromise bill that would assist small employers with any additional costs associated with Timothy's Law. I would not support exempting such employers from providing commensurate mental health coverage.
     

  10. Under Kendra's Law, a state-funded Medicaid grants program has been established to provide medications for eligible individuals with a psychiatric disability upon release or discharge from institutions. This will help eliminate some of the problems associated with the Medicaid coverage gap. Do you support Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility legislation which would eliminate the standard 45 days without coverage, and thus without access to treatment?

    Yes.
     

  11. By passing the Help America Vote Act of 2002 the U.S. Congress has tried to ensure that people with disabilities will, by 2006, be able to cast an independent, private ballot for the first time. What will you do to ensure successful implementation HAVA?

    I have introduced legislation to eliminate the full-face ballot requirement in New York, which hampers the state's choices in HAVA implementation. It is critical that we move forward with meeting the HAVA accessibliity mandates while also ensuring that new voting technologies are secure and results are verifiable.
     

  12. Disabled children in grades K-12 are entitled to receive a "free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment," but there have been major problems. Most often, schools are not physically accessible and not accommodating their students' needs. What do you propose to correct this problem?

    A significant portion of the additional capital funding provided by the legislature in the recent budget should be allocated for improving accessibility.
     

  13. Despite Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with disabilities face problems when pursuing higher education. These statutes do not specify how students should request accommodations or assistance in asserting their rights under the law. Will you support a fully funded office of disability services on each SUNY and CUNY campus to assist students with disabilities in securing accommodations?

    Yes.
     

  14. What is your position on expanding DRIE (Disabled Rent Increase Exemption) to be the same as SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) to low-income, eligible persons with disabilities under the age of 62 on the same basis and income level (currently the SCRIE's income cap is $25,000, while DRIE's is $17,000)?

    I support expanding DRIE so it has the same eligibility limit as SCRIE, and increasing the limits for both programs. I have legislation [S.1667] that would increase the limit for DRIE and SCRIE to $50,000.
     

  15. Do you support the extension of Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) to low-income persons with disabilities regardless of age? What would you do to ensure this?

    Yes. I support S.1357 which would expand eligibility for EPIC to people with disabilities. I will continue to work to educate my colleagues regarding the importance of this legislation.
     

  16. What would you do to expand accessible transportation options for people with disabilities in NYS?

    • Work to pressure the MTA to improve Access-A-Ride and expedite subway accessibility improvements.

    • Encourage the adoption of low floor buses and other disability friendly surface transit.

    • Advocate for state funding for subsidized transportation programs for people with disabiilities.
       

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