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Author Archive | Joe Rappaport

BCID at City Council: Fast Forward plan good on paper but “we know the MTA’s history too well”

Testimony of Yesenia Torres and Valerie Joseph, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled before the City Council Transportation Committee Oversight hearing on Fast Forward December 4, 2018 Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Council on MTA New York City Transit’s Fast Forward (MTA) plan. We represent the Brooklyn Center for Independence… read more →

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City of New York news release: Mayor de Blasio, City Council, Advocates Celebrate Passage of For-Hire Vehicles Legislation

“Uber, Lyft and other for-hire companies now have a choice: They can kvetch about this common-sense rule or they can start putting wheelchair-accessible vehicles on the road. We will continue to work with the Taxis Workers Alliance for fairness for drivers and riders,” said Joe Rappaport, Executive Director, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Member… read more →

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Disability groups/Straphangers: Cap bill won’t strand New Yorkers — that’s what Uber does

Taxis for All Campaign: Members include Bronx Independent Living Services • Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled • Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York • Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York • Disabilities Network of New York City • Harlem Independent Living Center • United Spinal Association • VetsFirst • 504 Democratic… read more →

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BCID and other activists rally as MTA shuts 72nd Street station for renovation without plans to make the station accessible

May 14 — BCID joined a rally last week with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, TransitCenter, CIDNY and the United Spinal Association, among other groups, protesting the MTA’s decision to shut the 72nd Street station without making it accessible.  (To see an article about the protest, click on “read more.”) BCID is a plaintiff in a… read more →

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Artists Undeterred calls for submissions

CALL FOR ART! Please SHARE: Call for disabled artists who address disability in their work, all mediums, for the exhibition “Artists Undeterred” at the Pride Center of Staten Island, New York, August and September, 2018, and at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York, October through December, 2018. Please send high resolution… read more →

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