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Statement of Joe Rappaport, Executive Director, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, on Andy Byford’s resignation, January 23, 2020

I appreciated Andy Byford’s energy, his unprecedented inclusion of subway accessibility as a core principal at NYC Transit, and the access we’ve had to him and his staff.  But President Byford’s resignation makes it even clearer that we need  legally binding settlements in our subway accessibility lawsuits. The disability community can’t depend on the vagaries of… read more →

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amNew York op-ed: New Yorkers with disabilities deserve greater freedom

By Jessica De La Rosa In 1982, my mother and her home attendant began a 36-year journey together – one made possible only by Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, a unique, cost-effective New York State program that keeps people like my mom, and me, out of nursing homes and able to live independently. Bizarrely, government bean counters and outside “experts” now are gunning for the… read more →

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Access-A-Ride advocates on Vanterpool: We will miss her strong voice

Statement of AARRG! (Access-A-Ride Reform Group) on resignation of Veronica Vanterpool from the MTA board November 20, 2019   Veronica Vanterpool has been a champion for all transit riders, but Veronica paid unprecedented attention to the plight of riders on the MTA’s long-neglected Access-A-Ride service. She met with Access-A-Ride users, she listened with compassion and she… read more →

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BCID testimony before legislative committees on MTA’s 2020-2024 capital program

Testimony of Joseph G. Rappaport, Executive Director, before New York State Senate and Assembly legislative committees November 12, 2019 I am Joe Rappaport, executive director of the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID). Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed 2020-2024 capital program. Since we testified before… read more →

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Statement by plaintiffs in three civil rights lawsuits against the MTA about subway access plans in the 2020-2024 capital program

September 20, 2019 The MTA on Thursday identified 45 subway stations* it said it would make accessible to people with disabilities in the 2020-2024 capital program, with a promise of nearly two dozen more to come. That’s real progress. Unfortunately, the MTA has a decades-long record of missed deadlines, funding diversions and deficient maintenance when it… read more →

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