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April 28, 2014

Citizen Action of New York is holding their Statewide Strategic Planning Meeting this week. The meeting will focus on federal budget issues such as safety net programs, economic equality, and income security.

Date: Wednesday April 30th, 11am- 4pm

Location: 1199 SEIU office at 155 Washington Street, Albany NY

Link to Citizen Action's website for RSVP or more info:  https://my.citizenactionny.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=257

 

April 23, 2014

Independent Living Center Hudson Valley was awarded a NYS Council on the Arts grant to support a photojournalism project. Download the brochure and application below. Please spread the word far and wide.  Pass this along to consumers as well as others in your own personal disability networks.  Contact Barbara Devore if you have any questions. Congrats, ILCHV!

Barbara Devore
Director of Development
Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Inc.
15-17 Third Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-0701 (V/TTY)

 

February 14, 2014

Yesterday, the Cuomo administration announced that the Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver was finally been approved. This waiver will allow the State to reinvest some of the federal savings generated by the MRT. The final agreement reached between the State and the Federal Government was $2 billion less than the original $10 billion requested by New York. These funds will be utilized over the next five years to support and improve the New York's health care system. NYAIL will review details of the Waiver once the content has been released.

The press release from Governor Cuomo can be accessed using the link below:

 

February 13, 2014

A win for the disability rights community! Here is the breakdown of what has been happening regarding the new Federal contractor minimum wages:

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish a minimum wage for Federal contractors and subcontractors. According to the order, the hourly minimum wage paid by Federal contractors to the workers will be increased to $10.10, beginning January 1, 2015. After President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address, when news initially broke about the impending order, the disability community began to rally and advocate for adjustments to the inclusion/exclusion criteria within the order. Administration officials had initially implied that people with disabilities who are employed under Section 14(c), a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act, would not be included in the new executive order. Thus, under these specialized certificate programs, Federal contractors could still pay their workers with disabilities less than other employees doing the same job. Following advocacy actions by the disability rights community, the executive order that was signed yesterday included language that specifically stated that workers with disabilities would be covered under the new Federal contractor minimum wage rate of $10.10.


This is the section of the order in which the issue is addressed:

"Sec. 2. Establishing a minimum wage for Federal contractors and subcontractors. (a) Executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the extent permitted by law, ensure that new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations (collectively referred to as "contracts"), as described in section 7 of this order, include a clause, which the contractor and any subcontractors shall incorporate into lower-tier subcontracts, specifying, as a condition of payment, that the minimum wage to be paid to workers, including workers whose wages are calculated pursuant to special certificates issued under 29 U.S.C. 214(c), in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, shall be at least:

(i) $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015"


The full executive order can be accessed using the link below:

 

February 4, 2014

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) is excited to announce the launch of the website for the New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN), accessed at www.nydvn.org. The ultimate goal of the 2-year project is to build, solidify, and unify a disability voting bloc in the state of New York.

"People with disabilities have to fight for their civil rights every day. Now New York will have a coordinated effort to ensure that the same people are also fighting for their rights in the voting booth as well," said Bruce Darling, CEO of CDR.

Voting age individuals with disabilities and other interested parties are encouraged to join the network by filling out an online form that can be found on the website. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, please contact Jessica Thurber, Voter Rights Coordinator at CDR, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..