NYAIL Policy Positions

Monday April 23, 2018

The disability community has issued a report card to New York State on the final Budget and concludes that the State has failed people with disabilities. This year marks five years since the release of the Governor’s Olmstead Plan, which outlined the State’s efforts to make sure people had the supports and services they need to live independently and integrated in the community. But instead of advancing those efforts through the Budget, the State has turned back the clock on community integration by failing to fund vital programs like Independent Living Centers, Access to Home, and by enacting Medicaid changes which make it harder for people to leave institutions and live in the community.

NYS Budget Impact on People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Community 2018 Legislative Report Card

December 13, 2016

NYAIL and several other organizations – NYSILC, Statewide Senior Action, United Spinal, and Taxis For All – sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and Senate and Assembly leadership regarding the need for the State to ensure accessibility is included as a condition to allowing ridesharing companies such as Uber to operate statewide. The authorization of ridesharing companies is likely to be taken up by the Governor and Legislature as part of the 2017-18 budget negotiations, if not sooner. But the State should not and cannot allow a new business to operate throughout New York that refuses to serve a segment of the population and in fact discriminates against tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Read the full letter at the link below:

October 3, 2016

NYAIL urged the Cuomo administration to advance the Employment First Commission recommendations as part of the 2017-18 Executive Budget. NYAIL is specifically looking for action on the recommendations that would: Establish a Small Business Tax Credit for New Yorkers with Disabilities; Include Disability as a Minority in the MWBE program; Hire a 55 b/c Statewide Coordinator; and Increase Utilization of the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working People with Disabilities.  Read NYAIL’s full letter to the Governor at the link below:

August 15, 2016

HUD proposed new regulations for establishing Fair Market Rents (FMR) using small area fair market rents in Housing Choice Voucher Program instead of the current 50th percentile FMRs. If adopted, this new rule would have a devastating impact on current voucher holders in New York, who would likely be forced to relocate, or risk losing their voucher. NYAIL provided comments to HUD aimed at ensuring HUD considers the unique nature of New York City, with its extremely low vacancy rates, and ensure that seniors and people with disabilities aren’t forced to relocate or risk losing their vouchers.