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Jerrold Nadler, candidate for Congress (8th Congressional District, Manhattan)

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Candidate Name: Jerrold Nadler

Candidate for Congressional District: 8


Campaign Name: Nadler for Congress

Campaign Address: Village Station, P.O. Box 40, New York, NY 10014

If you have a campaign office, is it wheelchair accessible? Yes

If you are an incumbent, is your district office wheelchair accessible? Yes

Campaign Manager: Robert Gottheim/Barry Klein

Phone: 917 - 689 - 7804 (Robert); 212 - 352 - 0370 (Barry)

Fax: 212 - 352 - 0370

Email: robert @; barry @


Previous elected offices held: Incumbent, Member of Assembly, 67th Assembly District 1977-1992


Key endorsements: Numerous political clubs in the 8th Congressional District, NYLCV, NOW-NYC, etc.



  1. Action Shows Commitment


    1. While in public office/prior to this campaign, what have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights? This can include work towards accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process?



      As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, I chaired hearings on and passed out of the committee the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 to restore the original intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In New York, I have been involved in reforming the access-a-ride system and in efforts to make the subway handicapped accessible.


    2. Will you commit to only attend and/or sponsor events that are accessible to people with disabilities (PWDs) including providing written materials in alternate formats, providing assistive listening systems, and sign language interpreters as well as ensuring that locations are physically accessible?





  2. General Questions:


    1. What personal and professional experience have you had with people with disabilities in your personal life and in the workplace?



      I have worked throughout my life to fight discrimination of all kinds. I am committed to ending discrimination and to fighting for the rights of the disabled community.


    2. Are you willing to hire and to provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?





    3. How will you work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the Congress and what will be your strategy?



      I have been working closely with the disability community and have already successfully passed the ADA Restoration Act through the House.


  3. Legislation


    1. The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Fairness Act would permit parents and guardians who successfully bring an action or proceeding which enforces IDEA to be awarded expert witness fees and certain other expenses. Will you sponsor this legislation?





    2. The ADA Restoration Act seeks to reassert the original intent of Congress after much weakening by Federal judges appointed by both Presidents Bush. Will you sponsor this legislation?





    3. The proposed Community Choice Act would allow persons with disabilities and older Americans equal access to community-based attendant supports rather than nursing home placement. Will you sponsor this legislation?





    4. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would help individuals with functional impairments and their families to pay for services and supports they need to maximize functionality and independence and have choices about community participation, education and employment. Will you sponsor this legislation?





    5. The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act would require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans. Will you sponsor this legislation?





    6. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act would enhance and further research into paralysis and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities. Will you sponsor this legislation?





Date: July 29, 2008


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