Candidate Name: Debbie Medina
Candidate for State Senate District: 18 (Brooklyn)
Is your campaign accessible? Yes
Endorsements: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, New Kings Democrats, Make The Road, New York Communities for Change, TenantsPAC
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 and will absolutely find accessible offices if the current offices are not already accessible.
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?
I have spent my career fighting for affordable housing for all, including those with disabilities, and will be sure to leave no one out of this fight once I take the fight to Albany.
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?
I have spent my career fighting against abusive landlords and have proudly fought with and for many people with disabilities throughout the years.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
I am willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodations for staff members with disabilities once elected.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I will be proud to join the fight for legislation to offer much-needed protections for disabled New Yorkers and will work with organizations and community groups to guarantee Iím helping in the most effective way possible.
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?
Yes. Affordable Housing is the issue I am most passionate about and Iím committed to using every possible avenue to make our communities more affordable for all.
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. Developers cannot be left to follow regulations on their own and I strongly support allowing additional oversight and allowing DHCR 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?