NEW YORK CITY The New York State Young Democrats applaud a court ruling that came down Tuesday, June 22nd, requiring more equitable guidelines for the distribution of handicapped parking passes in New York City. Previously, only individuals who live, work, or attend school in New York City could apply for specific parking permits.
The expansion of the program is the direct result of a settlement. The plaintiff was a disabled resident of New Jersey who required additional access to parking in New York City but was unable to obtain it due to residential restrictions. The plaintiff alleged that the existing law to exclude certain non-residents from NYC Special Vehicle Identification Parking Permit for People with Disabilities program violated provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Kevin Lawrie, President of the NYS Young Democrats stated, “This is a significant improvement to the quality of access to resources for disabled individuals. I commend the plaintiff for standing up to help change an unjust and antiquated policy. At a time when the budget deficits are forcing cuts to services, there must be new and innovative ways for the government to continue to help individuals that often need the most.”
NYSYD Disabilities Issues Caucus Chair Marcia Grippen said, “This is an important step forward for disabled individuals, New York City, the state of New York, and the country as a whole. Handicapped parking is an invaluable resource for many disabled individuals. I applaud the plaintiff for fighting for the equal rights that all disabled deserve, as well as court for realizing that New York City’s previous policy was in violation of the law. The news of this ruling is a reminder that we must continue to fight for equal rights for all disabled and that change is, indeed, possible.”
To find more information on how to obtain one of the permits visit www.nyc.gov/dot/permits and follow the link to Application Instructions for NYC Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (PPPD).