B.P. Brewer Forms Accessibility Task Force To Tackle Access Barriers From Harlem To Hollis

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the formation today of an Accessibility Task Force from residents from Harlem to Hollis.

The Task Force is composed of stakeholders and advocates who will address access issues in transit and urban design for disabled and senior New Yorkers as they navigate the city.

“If you’re in a wheelchair or use a cane or walker, or even just have a more temporary injury, it can truly be a challenge to get from point A to point B,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “My office’s recent report on barriers to access in the subway system is but one example of the issues that the government should address. My Accessibility Task Force’s job will be to develop a complete ‘punch list’ and shine a light on it.”

Members of the Task Force include (list information):

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  • Jaclyn Okin Barhey, Disability Rights Attorney
  • Mariette Bates, CUNY SPS
  • Barbara Bookman, CUNY Leads, @The_Booker
  • Michelle Caiola, Disability Rights Advocates, @michellecaiola
  • Jaqi Cohen, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, @jaqicohen
  • Marco Damiani, AHRC
  • Susan Dooha, CIDNY, @sdooha1
  • Barbara Glassman, IncludeNYC, @sdooha1
  • Arlene Goldsmith, New Alternatives for Children, @arlenegoldsmit1
  • Karen Gourgey, Advocate
  • Ruth Lowenkron, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Nancy Miller, Visions
  • Edith Prentiss, Advocate
  • John Raskin, Riders Alliance, @ridersny
  • Bill Reed, Baruch CCVIP
  • Jean Ryan, Disabled in Action
  • Susan Scheer, Institute for Career Development, @sscheer5
  • Maura Sweeney, Lighthouse Guild
  • Kim Sweet, Advocates for Children
  • Dick Traum, Achilles International
  • Alex Truesdell, Adaptive Design Association, @alextruesdell
  • James Weisman, United Spinal Association
  • Colin Wright, TransitCenter, @cbw623

The first meeting of the task force will be held today in Borough President Brewer’s offices, and it will meet regularly in the months to come.


Susan Sheer’s segment of B.P. Brewer’s State of the Borough on Sunday, February 24, 2019, can be found online here

The most recent report issued by the Borough President’s office on subway station accessibility can be found online here

The office’s 2015 report on curb cuts can be found online here

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