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Disabled Community to Call for Equal Access to LIRR Stations

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To the dismay of countless people with disabilities, many Long Island Railroad (LIRR) stations pose a glaring lack of equal access, with elevators only available at some boarding locations. It’s not at all uncommon for commuters with disabilities to have to travel miles out of their way to find a station where they can access the platform. 27 years post-ADA, that’s troublesome, to say the least.

Come down to the Amityville LIRR Station (street level) this Thursday, August 17 at 2:30 pm as Senator John Brooks, local officials and transportation and Disability advocates gather to call for ADA compliance. We need members of the Disability community and its supporters to be visible and to help voice our concerns about equal access.

Check out The Media Advisory for all the details. (Remember that the Amityville LIRR station does not have an elevator. Alternative methods of transportation – personal, paratransit, etc… may be necessary.)

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Senator Brooks’ office: CSttoneSenate@gmail.com; 516-882-0630.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – REQUEST FOR COVERAGE
Media Contact: Carolyn Stone CStoneSenate@gmail.com 516-506-9467
**Media Advisory for August 17**
BROOKS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, ADVOCATES CALL FOR ACCESSIBILITY AT LIRR STATIONS

(Amityville, NY – August 2017) Senator John E. Brooks, along with local elected officials, transportation and disabilities advocates, will call for the installation of elevators in Long Island Railroad stations, on Thursday, August 17th at 2:30 p.m. at the Amityville LIRR Station.
Senator Brooks recently met a disabled United States Air Force veteran who travels five miles from his home in Amityville to the Massapequa LIRR station – the closest accessible LIRR station – in his scooter, along busy streets. The legislators will sign a letter to the LIRR demanding upgrades at local stations to enhance access for individuals with disabilities and comply with ADA standards.

WHO: Senator John Brooks
Assemblymembers Christine Pellegrino and Kimberly Jean-Pierre
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory
Amityville Mayor Dennis Siry
Disabilities advocates
Transportation advocates
Local residents affected by inaccessible LIRR stations

WHAT: Press conference and letter signing calling for ADA-compliant upgrades to LIRR stations

WHEN: Thursday, August 17th at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Amityville Long Island Railroad Station
John Street, Amityville

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