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Burke Supports the ADA Day March for Accessibility


July 26, 2018

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Burke Supports the ADA Day March for Accessibility

 County Legislator Pushes for Approval of State Legislation Supporting Disabled Public Transit Riders in Recognition of ADA Day and the Efforts of VOICE-Buffalo's March for Accessibility

(West Seneca, NY) – Today, Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke will discharge a resolution in support of increasing the service area for accessible busing for people with disabilities. 

In the past Legislator Burke introduced the resolution renaming the “Erie County Office for the Disabled” to the “Erie County Office for People with Disabilities" and it was passed unanimously.  At the time, Burke said that the goal of this new language was to "make the name of this important office more considerate to our neighbors with disabilities. As we all know, they are not defined nor confined by their disability and this name change reflects that sentiment.”

In February, Burke continued his efforts to improve rights and fairness provided to people with disabilities when he introduced a legislative resolution, Intro. 4-5, supporting state legislation, Assembly Bill A9611 and Senate Bill S6027A, that would require disabled-accessible lift-equipped public transit buses to be available within 1 ½ miles from any bus line of the authority or its subsidiaries.  The legislation would support paratransit operations and allow for greater access to public transit buses for people with disabilities, who often rely on public transit to attend doctor appointments, grocery shop, attend church services and social activities.  At the time of its introduction, Burke’s resolution was sent to the Governmental Affairs committee.

Today, VOICE-Buffalo has coordinated a march, with the support of Buffalo Transit Riders United, from the Southgate Plaza in West Seneca down Union Road to the West Seneca Developmental Center.  The aim of the march is to protest and highlight the fact that this regional service center for people with disabilities is not accessible by NFTA public transit.

In recognition of this march, Legislator Burke worked with the colleagues to move the resolution from committee to be discussed in session.  The passing of this resolution on ADA Day will show the strong community of people with disabilities that the Erie County Legislature stands with them and will fight for equal and fair rights for all.

Legislator Burke said: “I am pleased to work in synchrony today with VOICE-Buffalo on ADA Day.  Their advocacy for and dedication to fair and equal rights for persons with disabilities should inspire us all to do more for those with more difficult paths.”

 

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