Members of the Nassau County Legislature have joined Disability Advocates, residents with disabilities, and others to announce the formation of a Disabilities Awareness Advisory Group. This bi-partisan group will meet quarterly, to discuss different ways Nassau County can work better for those with disabilities.
“By creating this advisory group we will make sure Nassau County lives up to its promise to include all of our citizens in the legislative process, and give them a voice.” Legislator Steve Rhoads (R, Bellmore) said. “Officials do a lot of talking, but we need to do more listening. This is an opportunity for us to continue to listen to those with disabilities and take any necessary legislative action to make sure Nassau County is working for everyone.”
The bill will come before legislative committees on September 13th and before the full legislature on September 24th where It is expected to pass.
"Whether it is adding additional programs, or altering the infrastructure at Nassau facilities, We want to let everyone know that no matter your disability, here at the legislature, you have a voice." Said Legislator Bill Gaylor (R, Lybrook) Who Co-sponsored the legislation. "I look forward to the bill's passage later in September, and working with advocates and residents to bring about meaningful change in Nassau."
“As an advocate for disabilities, this legislation is very important,” Wantagh Disabilities Advocate Gina Barbara said. “This has been an ongoing process for many years and will establish a connection between the County and people with disabilities and give them a voice. Thank you to the Legislature for doing this.”