2017 City Council Screening Questionnaire
Candidate Name: Mark Treyger
Council District 47
If there is a Campaign office(s), is it wheelchair accessible? N/A (no current campaign office), Previous campaign offices have been accessible Campaign Address: 2733 Mill Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11224
Political: AM Colton, AM Harris
Community: Shorefront Democratic Club, United Progressive Democratic Club
Labor: UFT, SEIU 32BJ, CSA, RWDSU, CWA
Action Shows Commitment!
What have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights? This can include work towards accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process? As a member of the City Council I successfully advocated for the installation of more Mobi Mats in Coney Island and Brighton beach making our City’s beaches more accessible for all. I have also invested capital dollars to build ADA compliant ramps in public schools and continue to advocate for making more of the subway stations in my district accessible.
Will you only attend / sponsor events that are accessible to people with disabilities (PWDs including providing written materials in alternate formats, providing assistive listening systems, and sign language interpreters as well as ensuring that locations are physically accessible? I am committed to only attend/sponsor accessible events to the greatest extent possible.
Local Law 28 requires City department and agency “advertising and other materials pertaining to public events to include information regarding accessibility for people with disabilities” but it does not include elected officials or Community Boards. Do you believe the law should be amended to include electeds and Community Boards? In the absence of an amendment to Local Law 28, would you voluntarily comply? I agree that Local Law 28 should be amended to include elected officials and Community Boards and I commit to voluntarily work to comply with this law.
II. General Questions:
What personal and professional experience have you had with people with disabilities? As a public school teacher I taught students with disabilities and understand the need to ensure that public services are accessible to all.
What would be your strategy to work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the City Council? I am committed to including the disability community in the legislative process. As such, I would ensure that advocates are included in the shaping of legislation, have the opportunity to testify at council hearings to make their voices heard, and attend events and rallies aimed at building support for needed legislation .
How will you use your office to affirm or strengthen, rather than weaken, civil rights protections for persons with disabilities? All City residents should have equal access to public buildings and services. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the City Council to strengthen and improve building access, and crack down on discrimination against people with disabilities.
Will all events planned by your office be accessible with all material including the appropriate accessibility symbols (such as the wheelchair, ASL CART, etc)? I am committed planning accessible events whenever possible.
What is your position on the development of supported apartments/homes for people with disabled in your borough? It is important that all city residents are able to live where they want to, not to where they’re restricted. I support developing supported apartments and homes for people with disabilities in my district.
Visitability sets guidelines to ensure newly constructed multi-family dwellings have basic accessible/adaptable features to permit people with disabilities can visit, and for residents to "age in place," without having to move out when age and/or disability set in. Do you support incorporating the concept of “visitability” in the Building Code? All City residents, no matter their age, or disability, should have the option to stay in their home and I support the concept of “visitability.”
What will you do to expand affordable wheelchair accessible transportation in NYC, express buses, and shuttles, more accessible subway stations, etc.? Our transit system must work for everyone. I would support efforts to expand affordable wheelchair accessible transportation throughout our City. I have been particularly vocal about the urgent need for accessibility in the Neptune Avenue F station in my district, and understand that there needs to be much greater wheelchair accessibility throughout our transit network.
Access-A-Ride (AAR) users experience unnecessarily long trips, causing users to be late for work and appointments. Users have been stranded and penalized as a "no-show" when the vehicle never arrived. Riders who complain report they have been subject to retaliation. What would you do to improve the quality of service? AAR drivers should be held accountable for their quality of service, which includes promptness, and location pick-up and drop-off. Quality of service for AAR, which is essential to the mobility of so many New Yorkers, cannot be compromised. It is of the greatest importance, and must be taken seriously. In conjunction with accountability, any report of retaliation or malicious behavior should be investigated and remedied in a timely manner.
VI. Community Boards:
Do you support requiring all Community Board meetings and functions to be accessible, including requiring sign language interpreters and large print format material? Yes.
b How many people with disabilities have/will you appoint to your local Community Board ? All communities should be equally represented, and I am committed to give equal opportunity to all.
VII. Discretionary Funds:
Will you use your discretionary funds to support organizations serving PWDS or service organizations seeking to make their programs accessible to PWDS? Yes.
a. What steps do you think NYC should take to encourage business owners to make their establishments more accessible? By incentivizing business owners to make their establishments more accessible and promoting their accessibility in community and business organizations, we can ensure residents can go, and get where they need, and want to go.
How would you ensure that emergency evacuation for PWDS provisions are put in place to improve survival rates of PWDs in the event of fire, attack, blackout, or other emergency situation? I will work with my colleagues on the City Council to improve emergency evacuation provisions and protocols are in place to improve rates of survival in the event of an emergency situation. Earlier this year, I chaired a hearing of the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency to examine whether the City is upholding its commitments under its settlement with Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled, to ensure that people with disabilities have access to necessary resources during emergency evacuation events. I will continue to hold the administration accountable for making progress on those commitments, including ensuring that there are sufficient and appropriately-equipped locations for people with disabilities to shelter.
X. Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
Mayor Bloomberg elevated the Director of the (MOPD) to a Commissioner without any increase in budget. How would you ensure that city departments/agencies coordinate through MOPD? I will work my colleagues on the City Council to pass legislation requiring city agencies and departments to coordinate with MOPD.
How do you believe the City Council should enforce and do oversight regarding the work of the office and be certain of the implementation and its efforts? The Council should hold oversight hearings and closely monitor the work of MOPD to ensure swift and complete implementation of its initiatives. Additionally, the Council needs to closely examine MOPD”s budget to ensure it has adequate funding to accomplish its mission.