Sapolin Accessibility Awards 2019

July 25, 2019

“It is a good sign that in New York City, we produce that accessible NYC report and hold ourselves accountable. That is a good thing. It reminds us that we have more to do. And this week is a week that shows we mean business because this is the week that we formally announced that we will create and build ramps at all 162,000 curbs in the five boroughs that need to be made accessible,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Sapolin Accessibility Awards at Gracie Mansion.

The program also included remarks given by Commissioner Victor Calise at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and presentation of awards to those who have worked hard to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Program Participants:

  • Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Award Recipients:

  • Employment Award: Carol Bentinck, Member, Fountain House
  • Public Service Award: Adam Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Public Accommodations Award: Eric Petersen, Director of Ticket Services and Accessibility Coordinator, New York Mets
  • Communication and Technology Award: Jill Rothstein, Chief Librarian, NYPL Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library
  • Frieda Zames Advocacy Award: Rick Surpin, President & CEO, Independence Care System


  • Citi
  • Driverge (formerly Transit-Works)

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