Bringing Our Advocacy Right to Our New York State Legislators

ARISE Staff and volunteers meet with NYS Rachel May in Syracuse 2019

ARISE Staff and volunteers meet with NYS Rachel May in Syracuse 2019

Every year, ARISE meets with the members of our local delegation to the NY State Legislature to talk about the New York State budget and the priorities of the disability community.

This year, the big priority is increasing the wages of home health care aides to 150% of the area minimum wage. The Fair Pay for Home Care Act, sponsored in the NYS Senate by Rachel May, would raise the pay of personal care attendants—this is a difficult job, but it is not a well-paid job. This bill will change that. Passage of this bill will allow people with disabilities to more easily recruit and retain workers and allow aides to provide a decent life for their families.

For the other statewide issues we will be discussing with Legislators, check out the Disability Priority Agenda, developed by the NY Association on Independent Living, the statewide coalition of Independent Living Centers by clicking here https://ilny.us/advocacy/advocacy-priorities.

This year, during February and March, we will be meeting with our local representatives to the New York State Legislature via online Zoom meetings. If you want to attend one of these meetings, contact Phil Prehn—Systems Change Advocate at pprehn@ariseinc.org or 315-671-4658.