FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20th, 2016
Contact: Josh Hyman, 518-495-1324, [email protected]
504 Democratic Club Endorses Paul Newell
The 504 Democratic Club, the political voice of New York’s disability rights community, has announced their endorsement of Paul Newell for Assembly in the 65th Assembly District.
They join the the Downtown Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA), the Stonewall Democrats, CWA Locals 1180 & 1101, NY Professional Nurses Union, Zephyr Teachout, Council member Mark Levine, Former Public Advocate Mark Green, Former Borough President Ruth Messinger, Labor Activist Ed Ott, and dozens of local and statewide progressive leaders in endorsing Paul Newell.
Newell, a Democratic District Leader and Community Organizer in the Lower East Side said, “I am absolutely grateful to be endorsed by the 504 Democratic Club. Their continued contribution to the advancement and support of our disabled community is remarkable. I look forward to continuing to work with them to combat the issues faced by our disabled New Yorkers.”
Michael Schweinsburg, Vice President of the 504 Democratic club, said, "The members of the 504 Democratic Club have noted and appreciated Paul’s constant efforts in ensuring accessibility to services and programs for all, including the disabled. His work on the Taxis for All campaign, in combination with his fight against hospital closures, illustrate his clear understanding of the needs of his constituents, and ultimately point to Paul being a staunch advocate for the disabled and, to our minds, the clear best choice for the Assembly seat."
The 504 Democratic club, named in honor of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, advocates for equal accessibility for disabled New Yorkers. Specifically, the club provides leadership for community activities including the Disability Independence Day March, the annual Disability Budget and Policy Agenda, and the Disabilities Network of New York City. Additionally, they played a crucial role in the Taxis for All campaign, which is bringing wheelchair-accessible taxis to New York City.