Julie has long championed Disability Rights. As Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), one of Julie’s initiatives brought devices to Off-Broadway theaters so patrons with disabilities could better experience New York’s rich and varied theatrical offerings. As councilwoman, Julie would work tirelessly to address the unacceptable state of New York City’s accessibility in infrastructure and transportation. With less than a quarter of the subway stops in the city accessible, Julie believes that accessible transportation should be a top priority for the new council. She supports dramatically increasing funding to Access-a-Ride but knows that’s not enough. Julie understands the need to invest in system-wide accessibility projects and would be a leader on accessibility issues in the new council. Julie also supports expanding the city’s 55-a program to hire more New Yorkers with disabilities.