Governor Kathy Hochul called it an historic day and long overdue.
“To all the advocates who never gave up the fight to recognize that the disability community – and it is vast – it is influential and it has a voice that needs to be heard, that finally we have an office.”
Hochul appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the State’s first Chief Disability Officer. She is to prioritize the needs of the entire disability community, including individuals with physical sensory, mobility, intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities.
Cortland’s Access to Independence expressed its support for the creation of the office.