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                                                                                 December 14, 20 II



                 Via Facsimile

                The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
                Governor, State of New York
                Executive Chamber
                The Capitol
                Albany, New York 12224

                 Dear Governor Cuomo:

                        As you know, I was the chief Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of
                1990, and 1 am currently Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
                Committee, which has jurisdiction over that statute. In order to comply with Americans with
                Disabilities Act (42 U.S.c. 12101 et. seq.), and as the U.S. Department of Justice has asserted,
                every new cab in New York City, whether hailed or called, must be accessible to individuals who
                use whee lchairs.

                        I have read articles suggesting that providing accessibility for individuals who usc
                wheelchairs is a " hardship" or that the state legi slature should reduce the proposed number of
                accessible cabs. Not only would that violate the law, it is bad policy. New York should lead the
                nation on accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

                         I understand that you have a number of concerns to balance and as a fonner federal
                official that you are full y aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I trust you will make the
                best decision for all involved.




                                                                                 Tom Harkin
                                                                                 United States Senator

				
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