2017 City Council Screening Questionnaire
Candidate Name: Kevin Peter Carroll
Council District 43rd
If there is a Campaign office(s), is it wheelchair accessible? We do not have a campaign office
Campaign Address: 223 Bay Ridge Parkway Brooklyn NY 11209
Political: Victory Fund, Brooklyn Democrats for Change, Assemblymembers Maritza Davila & Robert Carroll; State Senator Jesse Hamilton; Council Members Stephen Levin & Rafael Espinal; District Leaders Dilia Schack, Arelis Martinez, Lori Knipel, Anthony Jones, Linda Minucci & Geoffrey Davis & Former Council Member Sal Albanese
Community: Dilia Schack, Ilene Sacco, Sandra Sacco, Sheila Doherty, Katherine Khatari, Anisa Khatari, Zach Khatari, Eileen Potter, Cody McCone , Donna Mae Depolo, William Morton, Annette Ciccotto, John & Barbara Gangemi, Sheila & Greg Lynch, Stacy & Patrick Gatti, Maria Mcgarity, Robert & Janet Skibo, Jovan Santopietro, Lawrence Sica, Loretta Monahan Dunn, Anne Coleman, Linda Orlando, Barbara Field, Sean Field, Mary "Fran" Farrell, John & Carolyn Deluca, Judy Conway, Alex Vasquez, Diane Mullane, Irma Rivera Janet Gounis, Irene Hanvey, Nadine Boles, John O'Brian, Michael Jones, Betty Ann Canizio, Driss Aquil, Maureen Cook, Annette Cox, Josephine Russo, Jack Loprisi, Alice Sangirgano, Mary Ann DiGennero, Hernan & Patricia Sanchez, Bride Gregory and Many others !!!
Labor: International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891
Action Shows Commitment!
What have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights? This can include work towards accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process? I have supported making sure that all of our community board 10 meetings are always accessible to people with disabilities. In addition I always supported my friend Jean Ryan’s motions on the issues of disability rights. I have also worked with the Board of Elections to find polling sites that are accessible to people with disabilities in my Assembly District.
Will you only attend / sponsor events that are accessible to people with disabilities (PWDs including providing written materials in alternate formats, providing assistive listening systems, and sign language interpreters as well as ensuring that locations are physically accessible? I promise that I will only sponsor events at places that are accessible to people with disabilities. I will work with other groups to find suitable sites if they can’t find one.
Local Law 28 requires City department and agency “advertising and other materials pertaining to public events to include information regarding accessibility for people with disabilities” but it does not include elected officials or Community Boards. Do you believe the law should be amended to include electeds and Community Boards? In the absence of an amendment to Local Law 28, would you voluntarily comply? I do and Yes I will
II. General Questions:
What personal and professional experience have you had with people with disabilities? I myself have dyslexia, so the simple accommodation of being allotted ample time to read documents given to me - from menus to pieces of legislation - makes all of the difference in my daily life. In 2014, my mother lost her leg due to diabetes. Following her surgery, she moved in with me because my home was on the first floor and she could no longer live in her home because of the steps. Since then I have taken care of her and I have seen firsthand the problems in this city for people with disabilities. Curbs not cut, stores that people can’t get into, a mass transit system that is useless to a person in a wheel chair. This is simply unacceptable in the greatest city in the world. My campaign communications director is also one of my closest friends. He has struggled with depression since he was a teenager. Until recently, he was Chair of the New York State Young Democrats Disability Issues Caucus and one of the things he has taught me is how most disabilities are not visible. Finally, 6 years ago, I lost a dear friend and co-worker to drug addiction. From that experience and seeing with my own eyes the opioid epidemic in Southern Brooklyn, I understand how addiction is a disease and we must treat it as one first and foremost.
What would be your strategy to work closely with the disability community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the City Council? The first thing I would do is call my friend Jean Ryan who I served on community board 10 with. She has been my go to person when ever I have had any questions (Including when we needed to get a ramp for my yard). I would also welcome the opportunity to work with members of 504 Democrats to thinks of ways to assure passage of vitally needed legislation through the City Council.
How will you use your office to affirm or strengthen, rather than weaken, civil rights protections for persons with disabilities? I would promote the issues. To many people don’t realize the struggles that a person with disabilities has. I will do whatever I can to make sure people with disabilities have a voice. I will meet with any groups advocating for the disabled and will introduce any legislation which they and I feel will be necessary to improve the lives of disabled New Yorkers.
Will all events planned by your office be accessible with all material including the appropriate accessibility symbols (such as the wheelchair, ASL CART, etc)? Yes
What is your position on the development of supported apartments/homes for people with disabled in your borough? I support creating more units, I know firsthand how difficult it is to find housing for people who are disabled. It was very hard to find a place that worked for my mother to live after she moved in with me in my 1 bedroom apartment. Ultimately I moved out and gave her my place because that was easier that finding another suitable affordable apartment.
Visitability sets guidelines to ensure newly constructed multi-family dwellings have basic accessible/adaptable features to permit people with disabilities can visit, and for residents to "age in place," without having to move out when age and/or disability set in. Do you support incorporating the concept of “visitability” in the Building Code? Yes
What will you do to expand affordable wheelchair accessible transportation in NYC, express buses, and shuttles, more accessible subway stations, etc.?I have made making every subway station in the 43 rd Council District wheelchair accessible. I have long held the position that we need more local authority on our Transit system. In 2010 I ran a successful campaign for Democratic District Leader partly on the issue of abolishing the MTA and giving control to NYC DOT. This would give the council greater oversight on the issue. I was proud to lead on that issue and I am even prouder that others who are running for Council in this district have now come around and agree with my proposal.
Access-A-Ride (AAR) users experience unnecessarily long trips, causing users to be late for work and appointments. Users have been stranded and penalized as a "no-show" when the vehicle never arrived. Riders who complain report they have been subject to retaliation. What would you do to improve the quality of service? Access-A-Ride has the reputation of arriving to pick-up passengers late (if at all). My own mother takes Access-A- Ride every other day (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) to go to her dialysis appointments, to often she is late. The MTA, which administers AAR, has failed its mission to provide accessible transportation options to New Yorkers; I will work with other local elected officials to make AAR become a program run by the city (likely DOT) so it would finally have real accountability.
VI. Community Boards:
Do you support requiring all Community Board meetings and functions to be accessible, including requiring sign language interpreters and large print format material? Yes
b How many people with disabilities have/will you appoint to your local Community Board? Depends on how they have shown community involvement. I will not appoint a person to the community board unless they deserving. That said I do intend to ask Jean Ryan to serve again if I am elected.
VII. Discretionary Funds:
Will you use your discretionary funds to support organizations serving PWDS or service organizations seeking to make their programs accessible to PWDS? Yes
a. What steps do you think NYC should take to encourage business owners to make their establishments more accessible? We should have conversations with the owners to show them the potential new business they could get by making their establishment more accessible and work with the Department of Consumer Affairs to crack-down on those business owners who refuse.
b. How would you ensure that emergency evacuation for PWDS provisions are put in place to improve survival rates of PWDs in the event of fire, attack, blackout, or other emergency situation? If it I not already a law, I will sponsor or cosponsor legislation to ensure that emergency evacuation for PWDS provisions are put in place to improve survival rates of PWDs in the event of fire, attack, blackout, or other emergency situations.
X. Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
a. Mayor Bloomberg elevated the Director of the (MOPD) to a Commissioner without any increase in budget. How would you ensure that city departments/agencies coordinate through MOPD? I would ask each agency to work with the MOPD on all issues. In oversight hearings when appropriate I will not be afraid to ask how they are working to make sure people with disabilities are served just like every other NYC resident.
How do you believe the City Council should enforce and do oversight regarding the work of the office and be certain of the implementation and its efforts? We should as individual council members should be aware everyday about the needs of all of our constituents, when we see that is not happening we need to put pressure on the agency that is not doing that. When our individual pressure is not working, we need to have an oversight hearing to question publicly why .
Date: June 3, 2017