Candidate Name: Arthur Schwartz
Candidate for State Assembly District: 66 (Manhattan)
Is your campaign accessible? Yes
Endorsements: Jim Owles Liberal Dems, PRIDE Dems, Zephyr Teachout, Transport Workers Union Local 100 and 101, NYC School Employees Local 372, DC37, Civil Service Tech Guild, Local 375 DC37, Yetta Kurland, Liz Abzug, Allen Roskoff, Mark Green
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?
My office is fully accessible & my Assembly office will be.
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 litigated under ADA and Section 504 for 38 years, both private and public sector employees; also stopped token booth closings using ADA. Being in the Assembly will allow me to expand that work.
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?
See 2. I regularly advocate for people who need workplace accommodations, and against inappropriate testing and invasion of privacy.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
My receptionist is 94 and uses a walker and a hearing aid.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I would meet with the Club and its leadership regularly.
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?
I think funding for assisted and barrier free living facilities for people with disabilities is woefully inadequate and will fight to increase funding.
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?
And into New York City Zoning requirements
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?
Yes, and I also support a manifold expansion of Access-A-Ride.