Candidate Name: Gigi Li
Candidate for State Assembly District: 65 (Manhattan)
Endorsements: Councilmember Margaret Chin, State Senator Jesse Hamilton
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 am committed to securing an accessible campaign office, as well as an accessible office, if elected.
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?
In the almost 4 years as chair of CB 3, we have taken on several items in regard to advancing disability rights.
(1) Education: Essex Crossing School Paper, May 2014, highlights needs for special education facilities, fully accessible schools; Passed resolution in January 2016 in support of New York Times article from December 21, 2015, a two-year federal investigation has concluded that 83 percent of New York City's public elementary schools are not
"fully accessible" to children with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(2) Transportation: Work with construction companies to ensure that truck loading/unloading does not block bus stops, in addition to working closely with NYPD & DOT to enforce clear bus stops so that they remain accessible; CB 3 Community Planning Fellow report of 2014-2015,
"Community Accessibility Study for Seniors and People with Mobility Disabilities"; Worked closely with MTA on snow removal at bus shelters so that they are accessible; CB 3 budget priorities have consistently focused on installation of curb cuts for accessibility.
3) Open Space: during resiliency conversations, especially for the waterfront, issues that were discussed included: redesigning and improving ramp access, designing berm space that is fully ADA accessible.
4) Political process: discussed how to tackle ADA accessible polling places as it involved DOE & BOE.
5) Healthcare: CB 3 has been at the forefront of reclaiming Rivington House.
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?
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
Yes, personal experience. Will share at meeting.
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?
With a background in social work, more specifically social policy, my approach to work has been community-driven, bottom-up. I would engage advocates and policy experts in the field to develop priorities together..
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?