NYS Ride-Sharing Sessions Examine Services Provided Disabled Commuters

Public listening sessions are being held over the next few weeks to study accessible ride sharing services for customers with disabilities. The New York State Transportation Company Accessibility Task Force was created as part of the legislation that made ride-sharing legal in Upstate New York.

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State Starts Tax Free Savings Accounts For Disabled New Yorkers

ALBANY (WSKG) – The State Comptroller has announced that New York joins 28 other states in offering a program that will help people disabled children save money for their future.  The program is modeled on the college savings program, which is also operated by the Comptroller’s office. It allows an account to be set up in the name of any New Yorker diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26. Friends and relatives can contribute up to $14,000 a year for a total of $100,000 and the money can be used tax free to help pay for the disabled person’s education, housing, transportation and other expenses.   State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the program is even more important now, with uncertainty over what President Trump and Congress may do to repeal or change the Affordable Care Act. “There’s so much anxiety because of the uncertainty at the federal level,” DiNapoli said, “Especially for those who depend on support from government.” The Comptroller says he hopes the program can help allay some of those fears.