NY: Call Albany for a vote on the 911 Civil Rights for the Disabled Bill

     Despite overwhelming support in the legislature, with more than 2/3 of both the State Senate and the Assembly supporting Michael Carey's bills S4736a/A6830, which would extend to residents of facilities for the disabled the basic civil rights of 911 medical and police protection, Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan refuse to allow either house to vote on the bills.

     The legislative session formally ended last week, but the legislature is scheduled to return for a special session today to consider whether to extend the Mayor of New York City's control over the NYC schools.

     Please call the Speaker and the Majority Leader one more time and politely let the staffer know you want the leadership to allow a vote on the 911 bills today.

Speaker Carl Heastie,  (518) 455-3791

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, (518) 455-2071

     Currently any medical emergency must be vetted by a call center in Syracuse run by the Justice Center before 911 is called. And all reports of crime or abuse of residents are handled internally by the Justice Center. The result is long, sometimes fatal, delays in responding to medical emergencies, and suspected crimes and abuse are covered up.

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