I am very interested in serving on the board of CDPAANYS, and if nominated will uphold its values and philosophy.
I have been Executive Director of Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) for 37 years, and was one of its founders. I fought diligently to get the CDPA law adopted and the 90s participating in and leading rallies, and one time even confronting the then Governor Mario Cuomo in front of the press regarding his reluctance to support the bill, as well as his persistance in proposing Personal Care Cuts.). I am also a strong advocate for issues related to consumer directed programs, which are at the core of the independent Living philosophy. As a person with a disability, I have an intimate understanding of the issues, and barriers that people with disabilities face, as well as a track record for opposing all types of discrimination including on the basis of disability.
I’m willing to take risks to fight for the rights of FIs and consumers (including signing on to the lawsuit as an ILC/FI last year. I believe that without risk we’ll make no progress. I’m also currently on the board of the New York Association on Independent Living, and STIC is a member of Medicaid Matters NY.
As an ILC Director and advocate, I have supported consumer choice and self-sufficiency my entire life, and I’ve tried to lead my life embracing and living those beliefs.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for this opportunity to submit this letter of intent.