Nassau- LONG ISLAND
State bill would expand beach access for disabled
Updated July 3, 2017 4:14 PM
By Robert Brodsky email@example.com
Two state legislators from Long Island will introduce legislation this week to help provide disabled and elderly residents with greater access to New York State beaches.
The bill, sponsored by Assemb. Melissa Miller (R-Atlantic Beach) and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport), would require beaches across the state to be handicapped-accessible all the way to the high tide water lines, unless there is a physical barrier.
Currently, many area beaches are accessible for the disabled and elderly only to the sand, Miller said.
“This legislation is for the people who have no other way to get down to the water,” said Miller, whose son, Oliver, has a severe form of epilepsy and is largely confined to a wheelchair. “It is their right to get to the ocean.”