The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York's (CIDNY) goal is to ensure full integration, independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the community.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Each day, New Yorkers with disabilities face barriers. CIDNY has been working to make sure that we all have an equal opportunity in our city to thrive and succeed. We help people get the benefits they need; we’ve trained poll workers, service providers and others; we work in the schools to make sure kids with disabilities and their families understand their rights and get the help they need; we work to make sure we’re not left out of planning for emergencies, and we work to make sure that New York’s buildings are accessible to everyone. And, in 2013, we helped over 14,000 people with disabilities, their families develop a roadmap to meet their goals—health coverage and care, enough to eat, work, an education, a chance to go home from an institution, housing, transportation, a stable income.
We can only do this with your support. Please give generously. For every dollar we receive, 88 cents goes directly into programs that make a difference and help us level the playing field.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Watch Out For ESCOS Scams
In the past couple of years, some energy suppliers (ESCOS) have been trying to get customers by going door to door in apartment buildings and asking people about their utilities bills. An ESCO representative may call you or knock on your door asking for information from your electric bill. These companies tell people that they represent CON ED and need to verify your account number from your bill. The ESCO representative will copy your account number and then have you sign a form without really explaining what you are signing. By signing this form, you are giving them permission to add another company – an ESCO - to your CON ED account.
Do not give out your CON ED account number - or any other account number - to anyone who just comes to your door. NEVER sign any papers you do not understand.
Once an ESCO is added to your account it can be difficult to take it off. CON ED will not do it. You have to call the ESCO Company and tell them you want to be taken off their list. The ESCO will charge you a cancellation fee, even if you claim the person who had you sign the form didn’t tell you what it was about or that they entered you on to their list without your full consent or knowledge.
If you think you have been a victim of this scam, you can contact the Public Service Commission (PSC) toll free at 1-888-NYS-PSC8 (1-888-697-7728) or you can visit the PSC Web site at www.dps.state.ny.us; click on Consumer Assistance and tell them what happened.
If you want more information, or need help understanding what to do, you can call CIDNY 212-674-2300 and ask to speak to a counselor.
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TAKE ACTION NOW
Tell Your Assembly Member to Vote 'No' on A.7818!
The right to vote in elections that are accessible to all has been clearly established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) as well as New York State law. However, there are continual attempts to undermine the use of Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) and revert to the sole use of lever machines in local elections. The latest assembly bill, A.7818, would allow for the use of lever machines indefinitely in village, fire district, library district and other local elections. This legislation must be defeated.
ACTION: In an effort to keep the "Vote No!" message on A.7818 in front of Assembly members who may be tempted to vote for it, NYAIL's Election Reform Committee is asking advocates to engage in a blitz tactic that will keep up the pressure throughout the upcoming holidays: Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, April Fool's Day, etc.
TODAY, March 4th, fax the flier linked below to your Assembly member.
Assembly members Michael Cusick, Clifford Crouch, Sandy Galef, David Weprin, Matthew Titione and Richard Goffried have already committed to oppose A.7818.
Download the flier by clicking here.
Find your Assemblymemebrs fax numbers here.
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