NY State Senate Passes S1852B

On June 1, 2022, in the closing days of the legislative session, the New York State Senate unanimously passed S1852B, authorizing New York to become the 39th state to have an agency to represent the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.  The Senate’s action follows earlier passage, also unanimous, by the Assembly.  The legislation now awaits signing into law by Governor Hochul and the subsequent authorization of funding for staffing and administrative costs.

My thanks to the individual HLAA leaders and members who took the time to call and write their State Senators and Assembly members.  Your efforts were invaluable.  Similar support was forthcoming from leaders and members of the Empire State Association of the Deaf and New York DeafBlind Advocates.  Our collective voices were amplified through the NYS Coalition of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, which came together in recognition the need for informed representation in Albany of our respective disabilities and needs.  

Confirmation of the legislation’s passage, and a link to its text, can be found at:  https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/S1852.

Please take a few moments to send expressions of gratitude to Assembly Member Kenneth Zebrowski (ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov) and Senator James Skoufis (skoufis@nysenate.gov), the bills’ lead sponsors, for their leadership; if possible, also send emails to the bills’ co-sponsors listed on the website.

Kind regards,

Jerry Bergman
Certified Hearing Loss Peer Mentor
Member, Disability Advisory Council, NYS Division of Human Rights
Member, NYS Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Board
Member, New York City Chapter, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Advocacy Committee Chair, HLAA New York State Association
Steering Committee Member, NYS Coalition of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing
“Toward a more inclusive and accessible world”

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