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


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Candidate Name: Liz Krueger

Candidate for State Senate District: 26

 

Campaign Name: Friends of Liz Krueger

Campaign Address: c/o Hudson TG, 641 6th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011

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: Brad Usher

Phone: 212 - 922 - 2976

Fax: 212 - 922 - 2978

Email: liz @ lizkrueger.com

Website: LizKrueger.com

Previous elected offices held: State Senator since 2002

 

Key endorsements to date:

Community organizations:

  • Lenox Hill Democratic Club
  • Lexington Democratic Club
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club
  • Tilden Democratic Club
  • East Side Democratic Club
  • GLID
  • Sierra Club
  • League of Humane Voters

Political leaders: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymembers Jonathan Bing, Micah Kellner & Brian Kavanaugh, City Councilmembers Dan Garodnick, Jessica Lappin and Rosie Mendez

Labor: Working Families Party

 

 

  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?

      I was a strong advocate for the creation of the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption Program (DRIE), and have pushed to bring the DRIE income limits up to parity with the SCRIE program. I worked closely with a broad coalition of advocates to pressure the Republican State Senate to pass Timothy's Law, which requires insurance companies to provide equal coverage for mental and physical illness. I have also been an advocate for extending eligibility for the EPIC prescription drug program to people with disabilities, and for more accessible public transportation, including low-floor buses. I have worked with advocates to pressure the board of elections to address issues of poll-site accessibility throughout my district.

       

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

      Yes.

       

  2. GENERAL QUESTIONS:

     

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

      Before I became a State Senator, I created and ran programs providing assistance to New Yorkers with disabilities and worked with many disability rights organizations to assist individuals in accessing needed government benefits and services.

       

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

      Yes. I currently have three staff members who work part time for reasons unrelated to disability, and would make similar accommodations to any person with disabilities who we hired.

       

    3. How will you work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the State Legislature? What will be your strategy?

      I draw on my many connections with advocates for people with disabilities in my daily work in the legislature. I believe that the most effective strategies for moving legislation involve statewide mobilization that serves to educate individual lawmakers of the impact of state policy on people in their districts, as well as the consequences for those legislature of their response to the needs of their constituents. As someone who began my career in Albany as an advocate rather than as a legislature, I now see my role as a legislator on many issues as complementary to the organizational efforts of advocacy groups. I am in a position to reiterate arguments and answer questions my colleagues have about specific legislation, but these efforts are most effective when they are complementary to advocacy from the larger community.

       

  3. CIVIL RIGHTS

     

    1. What will you do at the State level 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?

      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 laws making clear that disability rights in New York State are protected by our own state law regardless of federal action, and strengthening the New York State Division of Human Rights to ensure that legal protections for people with disabilities are enforced.

       

    2. How would you change the laws of New York State to protect the rights of its citizens with disabilities?

      I support S6698 which would waive the sovereign immunity in ADA related cases brought against New York State. I also support S2172, which would incorporate Titles II and III of the ADA into the New York State Human Rights Law.

       

  4. MEDICAID

     

    While the State is focused on reducing the costs of Medicaid and other programs, persons with disabilities need to continue to have access to the services and supports they need and choose.

    1. Would you oppose proposals which would negatively affect eligibility, benefits, coverage, and/or access to services for Medicaid beneficiaries and eliminate the systemic bias that leads to unwanted placement in nursing homes and other institutions?

      Yes, I would oppose such proposals.

       

    2. Would you seek to promote comprehensive long term care reform that will not reduce coverage or access to services?

      Yes.

       

    3. Would you increase rental/housing subsidies to participants in the new Nursing Facility Transition and Diversion Medicaid waiver program?

      Yes.

       

  5. HEALTH INSURANCE

     

    1. Timothy's Law was designed to end health insurance discrimination by enacting parity in coverage for people with biologically-based psychiatric disabilities. However, returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not covered. Do you favor amending Timothy's Law to provide coverage for PTSD?

      Yes.

       

    2. Under Kendra's Law, a state-funded Medicaid grants program was established to provide medications for eligible individuals with psychiatric disabilities upon release or discharge from institutions to 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 coverage gap that blocks access to treatment?

      Yes.

       

    3. Would you expand Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC) to provide the same level of eligibility and coverage to persons with disabilities under age 65?

      Yes.

       

  6. HOUSING

     

    1. 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. Do you support the creation of a housing trust fund for persons with disabilities?

      Yes. I support a State Housing Trust Fund with accommodations for people with disabilities.

       

    2. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires housing developers to set aside a certain percentage of accessible units for persons with disabilities when federal funds are used for construction. Do you favor incorporating these provisions into State law so that the Dept. of Housing and Community Renewal can be empowered to enforce these provisions?

      Yes.

       

    3. Visitability sets guidelines to ensure newly constructed multi-family dwellings have basic accessible/adaptable features to permit people with disabilities can visit, and for residents to "age in place," without having to move out when age and/or disability set in. Do you support incorporating the concept of "visitability" in the New York State Building Code?

      Yes.

       

    4. What is your position on expanding DRIE (Disabled Rent Increase Exemption) to have the same income eligibility limits as SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption)? Currently SCRIE's income cap is $27,000, while DRIE's is $18,600.

      I advocated for DRIE income limits to be the same as SCRIE when DRIE first passed, and I continue to support raising the DRIE limit to equity with SCRIE.

       

  7. VOTING ACCESS & HAVA

    With the recent decision to acquire voting machines that attempt to meet the accessibility standards of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), many poling places in New York State remain inaccessible to persons with disabilities. Do you favor the elimination of provisions in Section 4-104 (1-a) of the NYS Election Law allowing waiver of polling place accessibility standards?

    Yes. It is unacceptable that many of the new accessible machines will be unusable by many voters if we do not do more to ensure that all polling sites are fully accessible.

     

  8. EDUCATION

     

    1. 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.

       

    2. How do you propose dealing with a school district that deny civil rights to disabled students even after the State Division of Civil Rights affirms the student's rights such as to use an assist animal?

      As a Senator, I would talk directly to school officials to pressure them to comply with their legal obligations. If they failed to respond, I would help the students obtain legal assistance to enforce their rights.

       

  9. TRANSPORTATION

     

    1. Do you favor an expansion of accessible transportation options for people with disabilities in NYS?

      Yes. I am particularly interested in the accessibility enhancements that could be achieved through implementation of a bus rapid transit model, with low floor buses.

       

    2. Will you support Assembly Member Kellner's proposed bill requiring NYC to transition to a 100% accessible taxi fleet?

      Yes.

       

    3. Do you support legislation requiring car services, and all shuttle services to purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles or otherwise ensure that they have the capacity to serve persons with disabilities?

      Yes.

       

Date: June 19, 2008

 

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