Political Round Up, July 30: ADA, Rain Barrel

Engel Marks 25th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

This past Sunday, July 26th, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In a statement, BRonx Rep. Eliot Engel said, “We’ve made tremendous progress. The education achievement gap has narrowed dramatically. The incidence of employment discrimination against disabled Americans is falling. Americans with disabilities are voting at higher rates. Government agencies have made great strides improving access for the disabled, in particular with public transit. The ADA is working, and while there is still more work to do, I look forward to the next 25 years fulfilling the ADA’s promise.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two pieces of legislation that strengthen the State’s support of people with disabilities. The Governor also signed a proclamation marking the 25th anniversary of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Today, New York is continuing to protect the rights and liberties of people with disabilities,” said Governor Cuomo. “These two pieces of legislation build on our administration’s support for people with disabilities and make New York a better place to live and work for communities across the state. I am proud to honor the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and look forward to furthering the cause of equality for all people.”

Assemblyman Dinowitz Introduces Nation’s Toughest Immunization Law

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz introduced a bill that would eliminate all non-medical exemptions for immunizations for children, giving New York State the strongest immunization law in the country. This bill will ensure that every child across the state is properly vaccinated, not just to protect them, but to protect the community around them,” said Dinowitz.

Serrano, Engel Salute 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Congressmen Jose Serrano and Eliot Engel released separate statements on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

“President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law under the principles that access to health care is a right, not a privilege, and no one should be forced into poverty because of health care costs.  No programs have improved the lives of Americans more over the last 50 years,” said Rep. Engel.

“Medicare and Medicaid were founded on a simple idea- that no one should have to go broke or lack access to adequate health care due to their health care history or income. Since then, millions of individuals and families have benefitted from the preventive care and treatment these two programs provide. More than 100 million individuals, including countless people and families in the Bronx, are enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare,” said Serrano.

Cuomo Given Labor Awards; Signs Law Protecting Workers 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was presented with the “Champion of Organized Labor” award by the NYS Laborers and the “NY Builder” award by the NYS Pipefitters and Plumbers. These awards come on the heels of the Governor’s presentation of a comprehensive vision to transform LaGuardia airport. The Governor also signed legislation to protect workers who are involved in the cleanup of mold from harm.

Senator Diaz Sponsors Free Rain Barrel Giveaway, August 8

Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and the NYC Department of Environmental are sponsoring a Free Rain Barrel Giveaway to be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 9am – 2pm.  This event will be held at the World of Life International Ministries, located at 830 Union Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455.

Delegation of Bronx Electeds and Labor Leaders Convene in US Virgin Islands

On July 9, a delegation of NYC elected officials and labor leaders from around the city met with US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp on the island of St. Thomas, where topics included economic realities and the need for a stronger voice in the continental United States for the islands.  The trip was organized by New York Council Member Andy King, co-chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus in the Council, who was joined at the Governor’s Offices by Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, Bronx County Democratic Party Chair Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, and Council Members Darlene Mealy and Vanessa Gibson.



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