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Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities acts in an advisory capacity to the Mayor on issues relating to increasing public understanding and the inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. The Advisory Committee works toward the elimination of attitudinal and architectural barriers and acts as a liaison between city government and other agencies and services, acting as advocates for people with disabilities and making recommendations to the Common Council as it may deem advisable.
Mayor's 9/26/2012 communication to the council

Next Meeting:  
September 5, 2018, 3:30 PM, 
Common Council Chamber, City Hall


Lisa Tarricone, Chair
Terry Degatano
Jeremiah Frei-Pearson
Michael Hellman
Harriet Lowell
Elizabeth Mark
Gilbert Mercurio
Matthew Ravick
Paul Schwarz
Commissioner of Building
Commissioner of Public Works

Committee News

Rapid Recovery
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities is working to raise awareness about a White Plains Public Safety program called Rapid Recovery. This program enhances Public Safety's ability to quickly respond to incidents involving missing autistic or elderly individuals suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. It permits parents/guardians to provide White Plains Public Safety with crucial information about the individual in case of an emergency to keep on file. This is a free service provided to the community. 

budget The White Plains Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and the Yonkers Mayor's Disability Advisory  Board, along with Westchester disability advocacy groups,
worked together to spearhead a statement on the impact of the proposed federal budget cuts on people with disabilities. Both the White Plains and the Yonkers groups focus on raising awareness in their respective communities and advocating for changes that will have a positive impact on those in the community with disabilities. The Yonkers and White Plains boards, along with the Scarsdale Council for People with Disabilities, have begun to explore ways in which they might work together and share information on issues of mutual concern. 

Intl Symbol of Access
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and White Plains Community Media have produced a PSA on accessible parking. The PSA serves as both a reminder and an educational and awareness tool for the public about the do's and don'ts of accessible parking. 

View our 
Public Service Announcement on Accessible Parking

Assistive Listening Device
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, once again working with White Plains Community Media, has been able to secure Assistive Listening Devices for use in the Common Council Chamber for those who are hearing impaired. The devices will be available for use during Common Council Meetings and Planning Board meetings. 

Special Needs RegistryIf you, or someone you know, might require additional assistance to leave home during an emergency, consider registering with the Westchester County Special Needs Registry. The registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. The database will be provided to local municipalities, such as White Plains, to use in their emergency planning efforts.

ADA 25Two Committee members, Lisa Tarricone and Liz Mark, co-chaired a special event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This event, ADA 25: Yesterday Today Tomorrow, was held on July 23, 2015 at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains to a packed audience. The keynote speaker was Richard Manley, former Director of Westchester County Office for the Disabled, and the event featured the premier screening of a short film by Chazz Menendez. The film features interviews with a dozen disabled residents of Westchester, who discuss how the ADA has impacted their lives and the challenges that still need to be addressed. The film is moving, thought-provoking, and inspirational. We invite you to view this film and share it with others. Kudos and thanks to Lisa and Liz for organizing this wonderful event. 

Community Build Projects

In furtherance of its mission, the committee has organized community build projects to assist not-for-profits and community-serving organizations in making their establishments more accessible to those with disabilities.

The committee’s first build was held on May 18, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 130 South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. Volunteers and committee members worked on the first phase of converting an unused room into a wheelchair accessible bathroom as well as other accessibility issues.The committee completed its build at Trinity on October 25, 2014. Volunteer New York and Home Depot assisted the committee in the construction of a new accessible bathroom for the church. 

Please check back for the latest information on upcoming community build projects. If you are interested in participating in our community builds, please contact committee chair, Jeremiah Frei-Pearson at

Check out some photos of committee events and activities. 

Awareness Raising Efforts
In 2014, as part of its awareness-raising efforts, the Advisory Committee partnered with the White Plains Youth Bureau to sponsor seven presentations to White Plains Youth about inclusion and recognizing strengths that are often created by disabilities (  These presentations featured Westchester native Geri Mariano talking to local youths about her life and experiences.  Ms. Mariano was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a condition that affects bone and cartilage, resulting in dramatically short stature and many physical and social challenges.  These disabilities do not define Ms. Mariano, who has a Master's degree and a gift for connecting with children (and people of all ages) and communicating the value of inclusion and compassion.  Children in the Youth Bureau's after-school program participated.     

Services for Residents
The White Plains Public Library offers homebound library services for White Plains residents. Click on the link to find out how to let the Library come to you.

Westchester County ParaTransit is now taking reservations through an Online Reservation System in addition to the current phone system.

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