Reinstate the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities!

Reinstate the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities!
Governor Hochul delivering the State of the State Address

It’s time now for Governor Kathy Hochul to reinstate the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities.

New York State has advanced several initiatives in recent years that promote the independence and inclusion of people with disabilities, including the Olmstead Report, the Employment First Initiative, and most recently, the ABLE Initiative.  The governor and state legislature can continue this great momentum by creating one single office that represents people with all types of disabilities in New York State government. In 2021, the legislature recognized that people with disabilities need greater representation in policymaking and access and unanimously passed a bill (A.3130 (Steck) / S.1836 Skoufis) that will reinstate the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities as a state governmental agency.

We have heard from State Lawmakers, and Governor Hochul’s advisors indicate that the concerns of the disability community will have a much higher priority in this administration. Governor Hochul can demonstrate this commitment by signing the bill to reinstate the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities (A.3130 / S.1836) 

As one of the four pieces of legislation passed by the Legislature but not addressed by the Governor by the end of 2021, the bill must either be signed or vetoed by February 4, 2022. We urge Governor Hochul to underscore her commitment by signing the bill that will directly support New Yorkers with disabilities.