2017 City Council Screening Questionnaire

Candidate Name: Elizabeth Crowley
Council District: 30

Campaign Office accessible? Yes: 69-16 Myrtle Avenue Glendale, NY 11385

Endorsements:

Political: Reps Meng, Velazquez, Crowley. Assemblymembers Nolan, Hevesi, DenDecker and Miller.

Community: all the above elected officials represent my district. I have the support of most local leaders.

Labor: 32 BJ, IUOE, Iron Workers, UFT, and I expect to have most if not all once the endorsement process comes to an end.

Action Shows Commitment!

a. 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? One major accomplishment I had while serving in the New York City Council was the effort to save FDNY 911 call boxes when Bloomberg wanted to remove them. These are extremely important because it is the best and most accessible way for the hearing impaired to get emergency help.

b. Will you only attend / 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? I believe that this is an ideal goal and I support the principle.

c. Local Law 28 requires City department and agency “advertising and other materials pertaining to public events to include information regarding accessibility for people with disabilities” but it does not include elected officials or Community Boards. Do you believe the law should be amended to include electeds and Community Boards? In the absence of an amendment to Local Law 28, would you voluntarily comply? Yes, I will comply with Local Law 28. I believe it is extremely important to keep the public informed on the accessibility for people with disabilities for each event in the community.

II. General Questions:

a. What personal and professional experience have you had with people with disabilities? My experience with the disabled is very close to home. My mother suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is bound to a wheelchair. Through my mother I have become very aware and sensitive of the needs of the disabled and have made fighting for the rights of the disabled that much more important.

b. What would be your strategy to work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the City Council? In order to work closely with the disabled community I will continue to take meetings to learn the needs of the community to ensure the passage of legislation that is meaningful and helpful to the community .

c. How will you use your office to affirm or strengthen, rather than weaken, civil rights protections for persons with disabilities? I will continue to support legislation before the Council that directly supports the disabled community. I will also continue to sponsor legislation I feel will improve accessibility for the disabled community.

d. Will all events planned by your office be accessible with all material including the appropriate accessibility symbols (such as the wheelchair, ASL CART, etc)? Yes, it is important to me that everyone have access to my events.

III. Housing:

a. What is your position on the development of supported apartments/homes for people with disabled in your borough? I support it. I feel it is extremely important that the disabled community have access to apartments and homes in Queens.

b. 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 Building Code? Yes, I believe it is important for people to continue living in their homes, where they are comfortable, without having the burden of moving out because they have become disabled. I also feel it is important that everyone have the peace of mind to have visitors without worrying if their home is accessible.

IV. Transportation:

a. What will you do to expand affordable wheelchair accessible transportation in NYC, express buses, and shuttles, more accessible subway stations, etc.? I will advocate and vote for legislation in the Council that aims to ensure that all express buses, and shuttles, subway stations, etc. are wheelchair accessible .

b. Access-A- Ride (AAR) users experience unnecessarily long trips, causing users to be late for work and appointments. Users have been stranded and penalized as a no-show when the vehicle never arrived. Riders who complain report they have been subject to retaliation. What would you do to improve the quality of service? While in the New York City Council I have held Access-A-Ride accountable and I have been pushing the MTA to better track the vehicles and allow customers to track their ride on the GPS on their phones or computers

VI. Community Boards:

a. Do you support requiring all Community Board meetings and functions to be accessible, including requiring sign language interpreters and large print format material? Yes, I believe that everyone should have the accessibility to get involved in their community.

b How many people with disabilities have/will you appoint to your local Community Board? I have and will continue to appoint people to the Community Board based on their qualifications, disabilities have never and will never be a factor.

VII. Discretionary Funds:

a. Will you use your discretionary funds to support organizations serving PWDS or service organizations seeking to make their programs accessible to PWDS? Yes, I will continue to support organizations serving PWDS or service organizations seeking to make their programs accessible to PWDS.

IX. Accessibility:

a. What steps do you think NYC should take to encourage business owners to make their establishments more accessible? I feel that NYC should create an incentive program to help push business owners to make their establishments more accessible.

b. How would you ensure that emergency evacuation for PWDS provisions are put in place to improve survival rates of PWDs in the event of fire, attack, blackout, or other emergency situation? I continue to be a watchdog in my community to ensure the PWDS provisions are put in place and I will also vote in favor of any PWDS provision before the Council It is the utmost important to ensure the safety of the disabled community, especially during emergency circumstances.

X. Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

a. Mayor Bloomberg elevated the Director of the (MOPD) to a Commissioner without any increase in budget. How would you ensure that city departments/agencies coordinate through MOPD ? I will ask the right questions during hearings in the New York City Council to ensure that the city departments/agencies coordinate through MOPD. I will also actively check in to ensure that they are coordinating with each other.

b. How do you believe the City Council should enforce and do oversight regarding the work of the office and be certain of the implementation and its efforts? I feel that the City Council should hold annual hearings to ensure that there is oversight of the office and also to ensure that the office is fulfilling its duties and responsibilities.