2017 City Council Screening Questionnaire
Candidate Name: Alan Maisel
Council District # 46
Political: Hon. Lew Fidler, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Assembly Member Jaime Williams, Hon. Frank Seddio, Hon. Sue Ann Partnow, committee in formation
Community: Most Civic and community leaders in the district
Labor: UFT, CSA, CLC, PBA committee in formation. In 2013 virtually all unions endorsements my campaign.
Action Shows Commitment!
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?. have supported all legislation to help people with disabilities in my 8 years in the NY State Assembly and in my three and a half years in the NY City Council.
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 will make sure that my office and my events are accessible to people with disabilities and there are accommodations for those who need it.
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? I do support it, and we already comply.
I I. General Questions:
What personal and professional experience have you had with people with disabilities? I have been an Assistance Principal of a barrier-free school.
What would be your strategy to work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the City Council?. I will assist and support in any way I can.
How will you use your office to affirm or strengthen, rather than weaken, civil rights protections for persons with disabilities?. I support civil rights and have always supported the rights of people with disability.
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.
What is your position on the development of supported apartments/homes for people with disabled in your borough?. In favor.
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.
What will you do to expand affordable wheelchair accessible transportation in NYC, express buses, and shuttles, more accessible subway stations, etc I will advocate to increase accessibility in the transit system.
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? My office was able to adjudicate many situations of people who were stranded and penalized. I’m very proud of the success to remove these violations on my constituent’s records.
VI. Community Boards:
Do you support requiring all Community Board meetings and functions to be accessible, including requiring sign language interpreters and large print format material? I support accessible for all New Yorkers.
How many people with disabilities have/will you appoint to your local Community Board? I would gladly appoint people with disabilities if they were to apply.
VII. Discretionary Funds:
Will you use your discretionary funds to support organizations serving PWDS or service organizations seeking to make their programs accessible to PWDS? I support discretionary funds for organizations in my district.
a. What steps do you think NYC should take to encourage business owners to make their establishments more accessible? Strengthen the laws to require accessibility..
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 would require that shelters are accessible.
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 support the cooperation of City agencies with MOPD.
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?. There should be oversight from the inspector general.