Candidate Name: Robert Carroll
Candidate for State Assembly District: 44 (Broooklyn)
Is your campaign accessible? Not at this time.
Elected Officials: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Councilmember Brad Lander, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Assemblymember Walter Mosley, Assemblymember Felix Ortiz, Former Assemblymember Joan Millman; Congressmember Nydia Velazquez; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Daniel Squadron; Councilmember Antonio Reynoso; Former Borough President Marty Markowitz; District Leader Josh Skaller
Organizations: Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID), Lambda Independent Democrats (LID), Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, The Working Families Party, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Joint Council 16, Teamsters Local 202, Teamsters Local 804& IUOE Local 891
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?
Yes, I will. Without a doubt.
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?
As someone who struggled with dyslexia and dysgraphia as a child, I know how important it is that elected officials advocate for free and appropriate services and accommodations for all individuals. Without the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I would not have been able to receive the education I did and become the person I am today. When our society does not grant access, services, or accommodations to those individuals with disabilities we not only do a disservice to those specific individuals, we do a disservice to our society. Individuals with disabilities, like myself, provide tremendous amounts of value to our city and when they cannot access our schools, parks, public spaces, office spaces, theaters, and cultural venues we all lose. I would be a tireless advocate for people with disabilities because without advocates from previous generations I would not be here today.
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 will certainly commit to sponsoring events that are fully accessible.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
On a personal note, in 2006 I was lucky enough to work with a young woman named Britney on Chris Owens' Congressional campaign. Britney used crutches to walk and often came to the campaign office by access-a-ride and I was always impressed by her energy, intelligence, and bravery. The campaign would have lost a tremendous amount without her and I believe it is the role of government to make sure women like Britney have access to jobs and schools and are not inherently discriminated against by society.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I will work with organizations like the 504 Democratic Club as well as legislative partners like Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, who I am fortunate to say is a strong supporter of mine. Assemblymember Simon has not only been a champion of disability rights as a Legislator, but prior to being elected, she was a nationally renowned disability rights attorney and I look very forward to being a partner of hers in Albany on these issues.
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?