EMSC-VESID Committee


Rebecca H. Cort


Appointments to the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.



November 15, 2006



Goal 4







Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)


Vacancies have occurred on the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC). Should the Regents approve the proposed appointments and reappointments of members to the NYSILC?


Reason for Consideration


The 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act require the Board of Regents to appoint members to the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC).


Proposed Handling


This question will come before the EMSC-VESID Committee at its December 2006 meeting where it will be voted on and final action taken.


Procedural History


Each year, as vacancies occur, the Board of Regents approves recommendations to fill such vacancies.


Background Information


          Information on the proposed appointees is noted on Attachment 1 and a list of the entire NYSILC is noted on Attachment 2.





VOTED: that Agnes McCray and Sally J. Colletti be appointed for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2009, and that Eugene Hughes and Pratik Patel be reappointed to serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2009.  


Timetable for Implementation


Upon approval by the Regents of the recommended candidates, appointments will go into effect January 1, 2007.




                                                                                          Attachment 1




New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.

(New Appointments)


2009 Expiration Date – Representing Advocates of and for Individuals with Disabilities

Sally J. Colletti

333 Birch Street

Vestal, NY 13850



2009 Expiration Date – Representing Other Representatives for Centers for Independent Living

Agnes McCray

311 North Avenue

Syracuse, NY  13206




Attachment 2


New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.

(Term Expirations)


A director of a center for independent living chosen by the directors of centers for independent living within the State


2007             Christina Curry, Executive Director, Harlem Independent Living Center, 289 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10027


Other representatives for centers for independent living


2009             Agnes McCray, ARISE Board Member, 311 North Avenue, Syracuse, NY  13206


2007             Christine Zachmeyer, Executive Director, Catskill Center for Independence, P.O. Box 1247, Oneonta, NY 13820


2008             Bruce Darling, Executive Director, Center for Disability Rights, 280 Lakeshore Drive, Hilton, NY 14468


2008             Michael Godino, Systems Advocate Coordinator, Self-Initiated Living Options, Inc. (SILO), 745 Waverly Avenue, Holtsville, NY 11742


2008             Douglas Usiak, Executive Director, Independent Living Center of Western New York, 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214-1384


Parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities


2007             Paige Macdonald, Executive Director, Families Together in New York State, 68 Miller Road, Slingerlands, NY 12159


Advocates of and for individuals with disabilities


2009             Sally Colletti, President/CEO Autism Society of America – Central NY, Inc., 333 Birch Street, Vestal, NY  13850


2009             Eugene R. Hughes, Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), 400 Lorraine Avenue, Utica, NY 13502


2007             Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Social Worker, 1740 Ocean Avenue, Apartment 8-P, Brooklyn, NY 11230


2007             Sherry Taub, Independent Peer Advocate, 111 Paumanack Village Drive, Greenlawn, NY 11740


2008             Mark Hernandez, HIV/AIDS Advocate, 127 Phillip Street, #4, Albany, NY 12202


2008             Lauren LeFebvre, Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living, P.O. Box 280, Raybrook, NY 12977


Representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities


2007             Edith M.  Prentiss, President, Manhattan Borough Wide Interagency Council on Aging, 739 West 186th Street (4E), New York, NY 10033-8527


2008             Dennis Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, 151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001


2008             Michael Kink, Esq., Legislative Counsel to Housing Works, 247 Lark Street, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12210


2008             Rain Rippel, President, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, 33 Saratoga Road, Apt. Z-10, Scotia, NY 12302


2008             Michael Smith, Director of Student Services, Shenendehowa Central School District and President of New York State Association for Pupil Services Administrators, 191 South Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020


Other appropriate individuals


2009             Pratik Patel, CUNY Assistive Technology Services, 195-05B 67th Avenue, Apartment 2B, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365


2007             Robert Gaffney, President, Partners Disability Coalition, 3 Rye Ridge Plaza, Suite 110, Rye Brook, NY 10573


2008             Randy Black Schantz, Mental Health Counselor, 8 Honeysuckle Lane, Catskill, NY 12414


2008             Alexander Wood, Director, Manhattan Disability Network of New York City, 25 Broad Street, NY, NY 10004     


Representative of Section 121 Project


2007             Debbie (Sanford) Cooper, Program Manager, Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, 12885 Route 438, Irving, NY 14081