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2006 Candidate Questionnaire for State Senate and Assembly

Candidate Name: Jesse E. Hamilton

Campaign Manager: Massino Salerna

Phone: 917-566-3109


Campaign Name: Committee to Elect Jesse Hamilton

Campaign Address: 910 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

Contact Person: Lorna McAllister

Phone: 718-775-5414



Assembly District: 43


  1. Please describe any experience with disability you have had in your life or career.

    Being a person of color.

  2. Is your campaign headquarters accessible to persons with disabilities? If you are an incumbent, is your district office accessible to persons with disabilities? If you are in private practice, is your office accessible to persons with disabilities? If not, what have you done to ensure access?


  3. How will you incorporate people with disabilities into your campaign?

    By offering them the opportunity to be part of the political process, and allowing people with disabilities to perform tasks they feel comfortable dealing with.

  4. Are you willing to hire and use flex-time and job-sharing if necessary?


  5. Seventy (70%) percent of people with disabilities of working age are unemployed at any given time, no matter how well or poorly the economy is doing. How will you use your office to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

    By hiring a person with a disability to be part of my staff.

  6. What will you do to reverse the negative impact of recent decisions in Federal Courts which are undercutting the powers of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities in New York State? How would you change the laws of New York State to protect the rights of its citizens with disabilities?

    I would protect the rights of people with disabilities by enforcing existing laws and introducing new laws enhancing the rights in New York State of Americans with disabilities.

  7. Currently, over 130,000 people reside in nursing homes and other care facilities in New York State. In 1999, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found in L.C. v Olmstead that individuals with disabilities have a right to live in the most integrated setting. What will you do to encourage Olmstead implementation in New York?

    I strongly believe when people with disabilities are integrated into a normal setting they will not feel or be conscious of their disabilities.

  8. We are in the midst of a housing crisis. Accessible, affordable housing is in short supply. People with disabilities are being priced out of the market. What would you do to develop a housing policy that would lead to the development and maintenance of accessible, affordable and integrated housing stock?

    Offering tax abatements & exemption to property owners.

  9. Timothy's Law was designed to end health insurance discrimination by enacting parity in coverage for people with biologically-based psychiatric disabilities. To address cost concerns raised by small businesses, the agreement directs the state Superintendent of Insurance to develop a methodology that would hold businesses with 50 or fewer employees harmless from any increase in insurance premiums that result from this measure. It also requires the state Insurance Department and the Office of Mental Health to conduct a two year study to determine the effectiveness and impact of mental health parity legislation in New York and other states. What would you do to help small business?

    Making sure small business insurance premiums would not increase b/c of hiring a person with a disability.

  10. Under Kendra's Law, a state-funded Medicaid grants program has been established to provide medications for eligible individuals with a psychiatric disability upon release or discharge from institutions. This will help eliminate some of the problems associated with the Medicaid coverage gap. Do you support Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility legislation which would eliminate the standard 45 days without coverage, and thus without access to treatment?


  11. By passing the Help America Vote Act of 2002 the U.S. Congress has tried to ensure that people with disabilities will, by 2006, be able to cast an independent, private ballot for the first time. What will you do to ensure successful implementation HAVA?

    Need more info.

  12. Disabled children in grades K-12 are entitled to receive a "free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment," but there have been major problems. Most often, schools are not physically accessible and not accommodating their students' needs. What do you propose to correct this problem?

    I would target schools which are restrictive physically to children with disabilities and implement statewide standards for newly built schools.

  13. Despite Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with disabilities face problems when pursuing higher education. These statutes do not specify how students should request accommodations or assistance in asserting their rights under the law. Will you support a fully funded office of disability services on each SUNY and CUNY campus to assist students with disabilities in securing accommodations?

    Yes. All students should have a right to a education which is least restrictive.

  14. What is your position on expanding DRIE (Disabled Rent Increase Exemption) to be the same as SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) to low-income, eligible persons with disabilities under the age of 62 on the same basis and income level (currently the SCRIE's income cap is $25,000, while DRIE's is $17,000)?

    The income cap for DRIE should be the same as SCRIE, $17,000 is almost if not poverty level income.

  15. Do you support the extension of Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) to low-income persons with disabilities regardless of age? What would you do to ensure this?


  16. What would you do to expand accessible transportation options for people with disabilities in NYS?