Albany, NY April 29, 2020:
Disability Rights New York (DRNY), has filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Cuomo requesting that the court immediately order Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at his live televised press briefings.
Deaf New Yorkers do not receive critical information from the Governor and other officials about the steps taken by the government to address the health crisis and the recommendations on how they can stay safe and limit the spread of COVID-19.
“It is inexplicable that during this pandemic, the Governor would choose not to have ASL interpreters at his daily live televised briefings. As a result, deaf New Yorkers are unable to obtain vital life and death information at the time they need it most.” - Timothy A. Clune, DRNY Exec. Director.
DRNY will be holding a virtual press conference today at 1pm. Please email Katrin Haldeman for more information firstname.lastname@example.org