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August 18, 2016

NYS Senator Young, NYS Assemblymember Santabarbara Display True Commitment to New Yorkers With Disabilities

Category: General — NYSID @ 8:03 am

NYSID has named NYS Senator Catharine Young (R/I/C-Olean) and NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) its 2016 Legislative Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipients. The awards will be presented during NYSID’s 2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs at 5 p.m.

NYS Senator Catharine Young addresses participants in the 2015 CREATE Symposium. NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is pictured at far right.

Senator Young and Assemblymember Santabarbara have long been known for their advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities in their communities.

Senator Young introduced legislation providing a means for sheltered workshops to transition into qualified employment centers that could continue to employ people with developmental disabilities, while also providing tax incentives to encourage additional employment.

Before entering public office, Senator Young served as the director of communications and development at The ReHabilitation Center in Olean, a NYSID member agency, for 15 years. She actively serves as a member of the Senate Health Committee and Senate Children and Family Services Committees.

“During my time at The ReHabilitation Center, I witnessed compassion every day, in ways great and small,” Senator Young said. “It is an experience that I hold close to my heart. People with disabilities want what everyone wants –– the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck. NYSID and its member agencies in my NYS Senate District have been truly instrumental in helping our local residents with disabilities fulfill their desire to work and be productive members of society.”

NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), center, poses with participants in NYSID's quarterly Veterans' Summit at its Albany headquarters.

Assemblymember Santabarbara introduced an Autism Action Plan earlier this year to create services and supports enhancing the quality of life of New Yorkers living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and supporting their families and caregivers. His son Michael, 14, was diagnosed with autism at age 3, and Assemblymember Santabarbara serves as chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Autism Retention.

A member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Assemblyman Santabarbara regularly participates in NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summits, which provide an in-person clearinghouse for individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State.

“NYSID has a long and important history of creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities and I’m proud to support their mission,” Assemblymember Santabarbara said. “Each year, hundreds of people in the Capital Region are able to know the responsibility of a job and the pride of earning a paycheck because of NYSID and its partners. I look forward to a continued partnership for many years to come.”

Both legislators have actively supported NYSID’s CREATE initiative in 2015 and 2016.

During NYSID’s Annual Meeting, legislators, individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State and municipal agencies will all be recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities. Be part of the NYSID Annual Meeting conversation, using the hashtag #EmploymentEmpowers.

Register today for NYSID’s Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 21 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton.


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