Candidate Name: Jamaal Bailey
Candidate for State Senate District: 36 (Bronx/Westchester)
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Elected officials: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; Assemblymembers Michael Benedetto, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Mark Gjonaj, Latoya Joyner and Luis Sepulveda; Bronx Democratic Party Chair Marcos Crespo; New York City Councilmembers Andy King, Fernando Cabrera, Andy Cohen, Vanessa Gibson, Ritchie Torres and James Vacca; Democratic State Committee Members Neva Shillingford-King, Jason Laidley, George Crouch and Joseph McManus; Bronx County District Leaders Shirley Fearon, Marjorie Velazquez-Lynch, Marcos Sierra, George Clarke, Cynthia Cox, Randi Martos and Yudelka Tapia; Mount Vernon District Leader Crystal Collins.
Labor: 32BJ SEIU, New York District Council of Carpenters, the Hotel Trades Council, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, District Council 9 New York, Painters & Allied Trades
If you are an incumbent, are your offices accessible to persons with disabilities? If not, what have you done to rectify the inaccessibility? If you are not an incumbent, If the present offices are inaccessible, do you intent to find an accessible office?
I am not an incumbent. I intend to have a fully accessible office and seek the advice of members of this club on how to make it not just accessible, but as welcoming and helpful to people with disabilities as possible.
What, if anything, have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights (e.g. accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process?
Currently in my role as Community Relations Director, I am involved with the creation of what will be the largest community center in my district. This community center will focus on meeting the needs of all the members of the community including those with disabilities. It will not only be accessible but have programs geared to people with disabilities.
Will you commit to only attend and/or sponsor events that are accessible including providing materials in alternate formats, assistive listening systems, ASL and ensure locations are accessible?
I commit that any event I sponsor will be accessible.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
My first employer was Liberty Mutual Worker’s Compensation unit. In that position I got to see firsthand the impact of workplace safety, as well as the difficulties encountered by people who go through temporary and/or permanent disability.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
Absolutely yes—and not just hire, but actively encourage people with disabilities to apply for positions in my office.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I believe the only way I can be an effective legislator is by listening to the voices of those who are most affected by issues in our communities and then building coalitions to get things done. Already, I have built a broad coalition in this campaign based on my history as a District Leader, community relations official for Speaker Heastie and member of the Williamsbridge NAACP. Elected officials and organizations have come together to support me because they know I get results—and that when I give my word, it is my bond. I will listen to you, I will work with you, and I will get results for you.
Would you increase rental/housing subsidies to participants in the Nursing Facility Transition and Diversion Medicaid waiver program to help people with disabilities can afford to live in the community?
New York State's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC) only provides coverage to seniors. Would you support EPIC expansion to include younger disabled New Yorkers?
The Fair Housing Act requires developers set aside a certain percentage of accessible units for persons with disabilities. Do you favor incorporating these provisions into New York State law so that DHCR can be empowered to enforce these provisions?
Do you support legislation requiring taxis, car services, and all shuttle services to purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles or otherwise ensure that they have the capacity to serve persons with disabilities statewide?