NYSILC Full Council Meeting
May 21, 2004
Attendees: Mel Tanzman, Vice Chair; Mike Godino,
Treasurer; Alexander Wood, Secretary; Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Member-at-Large;
Randy Black-Schantz, Joe Bravo, Mark Hernandez, Steve Lovi, Rosemarie
McCaffery, Pratik, Patel, Maya Quinn, Michael Zich, Ron Bassman, Sharon Flom,
Bob Gumson, Greg Jones, Brad Williams, Stephanie Slater.
Absent: Doug Hovey, Chair; Judy Avner, Iris
Bannister, Dennis Boyd, Michael Burgess, Maria Dibble, Marguerite Haring, Gene
Hughes, Michael Kink, Amy LaShomb.
Guests: Cynthia Fiore, Dr. Alan Scwartz, OMRDD, Sam
Bolton, OMRDD, Shelly Curry, OMRDD.
Open Forum:OMRDD presentation - "What is
Minutes: Approval of minutes of February 13, 2004.
Motion by Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, second by Mike Godino, to accept the minutes as
written. Motion passes unanimously.
Executive Directors Report: Brad Williams
- In January, started Systems Advocacy Implementation Work
Group. This has been an arduous process.
- Provided input to Assembly Task Force on People with
Disabilities regarding HAVA.
- Held a press conference on the elimination of the
full-face ballot requirement.
- Wrote an opinion piece on the Tennessee v. Lane
- In February, the focus was on the budget hearings -
Education, Human Services.
- Met with VESID to discuss common legislative
- In March, continued work with the SSAN Implementation
- Provided input to VESID on the RFP for the SSAN.
Treasurers Report: Mike Godino reporting.
YSILC budget is currently $36,400 under budget, it is
anticipated that the upcoming trainings will absorb this excess. $4,000 will be
moved from SILC meetings into the Conference Call category. Motion by Pratik
Patel, second by Michael Zich, to accept the Treasurer's Report as presented.
Motion passed unanimously.
- Public Policy Committee: Mel Tanzman reporting.
Mel Tanzman is stepping down as Chair of the Public Policy committee. NYSILC is
currently seeking a replacement.
- Travel Committee - Proposed by Randy
Black-Schantz. The purpose of the committee is to establish thorough and
understandable guidelines for hotels, motels, and conference facilities
throughout NYS for the assistance of individuals with physical disabilities who
require accessible accommodations, including training of personnel, compliance
with ADA guidelines. Monthly conference calls will be held. The committee
currently has 20 potential members. Motion by Steve Lovi, second by Mike
Godino, to officially establish this subcommittee. Motion passed with one
- ADA Committee - No committee member present. The
number one project is the introduction of Title II language into the NYS Human
Rights Code and this is the first year with support from both the Senate and
- CDPAS - Not an active committee at this time.
- State Plan - Joe Bravo reporting. The SPIL is
going through the VESID and CBVH approval processes. Bob Gumson stated that the
Board of Regents approved the SPIL this past week. Sharon Flom stated that CBVH
and the Office of Children and Family Services have also approved the SPIL.
It's in the Division of Budget and the Governor's office.
- Inclusive Education Committee - Pratek Patel and
Rosemarie McCaffery. Working to keep this together with employment. Mentoring
Day is 10/20/04. Suggested committee work on building coalition to support
- Election Reform Committee - Sharon Shapiro-Lacks
reporting. Delay in attention to voting machine issue. At 5/18 hearing, exits
were blocked, preventing conference committee members leaving. Two people were
arrested. Voting Rights are fundamental and sometimes civil disobedience is
necessary. It has been stated that civil disobedience needs to be "part of our
tool kit." Elimination of the full-face ballot - the Stringer/Kruger bill is
more effective as it defines what constitutes increased font, contrast change,
etc. Position change on this issue was anticipated but did not happen. NYSILC
and contributors have developed a polling site access instrument.
- Housing Committee - Alexander Wood reporting.
Committee has been developing a workable action plan to identify the main
issues, build coalition. Members wish to talk to developers to educate them on
the money to be made with visitability. The committee's Housing paper has been
mailed to all legislators.
- Transportation Committee - Randy Black-Schantz
reporting. The committee is working on establishing a dialogue with the
- MISC Committee - Mel Tanzman reporting. The
committee is examining single point of entry (1 or more agencies who can
provide comprehensive overview of long term care options). ILCs would be a good
- CBVH SRC - Todd Eggert. No report available.
VESID Report Bob Gumson reporting.
VESID has been asked by DOH to identify community-based
settings for public forum meetings (i.e. colleges, etc.) to be held on MISC and
Olmstead. Current areas of interest are Buffalo, Syracuse, Onondaga, Cayuega
and Manhattan. VESID is undergoing major restructuring about how it delivers
services in the future, funding and staffing have been discussed. VESID will be
seeking stakeholders input and presenting "VESID's Design for the Future" at
several venues. This plan will be presented to the NYSILC Full Council at the
September meeting. The recent news about the Glens Falls ILC was briefly
CBVH Report Sharon Flom reporting.CBVH is
undergoing some realignments. Rochester will be an "outstation" covered by
Buffalo and Syracuse offices.
Motion by Mike Godino, second by Joe Bravo, to adjourn this
meeting. Motion passed unanimously.