Candidate Name: Micah Lasher
Candidate for State Senate District: 31 (Manhattan)
Is your campaign accessible? Yes.
Endorsements: Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressmember Jerry Nadler, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Francisco Moya and Linda Rosenthal, City Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez
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, but my campaign headquarters are accessible and my government offices will be, as well.
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 Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the State of New York, I have worked to enforce the law to ensure that people with disabilities are provided with equal access. I was incredibly proud of our investigation into, and settlement with, Vornado Realty Corporation and Kimco Realty Corporation, which required more than fifty shopping centers to comply with accessibility requirements. Subsequently, we achieved a similar agreement with Pyramid Management Group, the largest privately owned shopping center owner and developer in the northeast.
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?
Events run by my office will be accessible, and I will do everything in my power to urge organizations and individuals with whom I work to do the same.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
In addition to the work discussed above, during my tenure at the Attorney General’s office, we also secured agreements from New York City-based theaters to provide listening devices to individuals with hearing loss; forced Eastern Coach, a national bus company, to stop advising customers that it could not provide service to people in wheelchairs; and urged the United States Department of Transportation to enact clearer regulations around what constitutes a
“van” for the purposes of ADA compliance, in order to ensure that vehicles widely in use as New York City taxis are accessible.
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 have worked in government long enough to know that no individual legislator – or even group of legislators – can effect meaningful change alone. I will work closely with activists from the 504 Democratic Club and other organizations on the front lines of the fight for inclusion of people with disabilities to advocate change both in statewide policy and at the local level to ensure access, equality and accommodation.
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?
Absolutely – and I will fight for more resources and accountability to ensure that DHCR follows through on enforcement.
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?