When a person is seeking federal disability benefits due to a debilitating disease or condition, he or she must not only fill out an application but also appear before an administrative law judge for a hearing. An administrative law judge holds the power to decide whether an individual will receive Social Security disability benefits or be denied. We would hope that these judges understand the serious nature of their decisions and approach each case fairly and without bias. Unfortunately, it appears that some judges in New York have not been doing that.
Living with a disability is no easy feat, as many people in New York know. Not only is it often physically challenging, but many people find it emotionally challenging as well. That's how one New York man, who is now the commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities felt when a mountain biking accident left him paralyzed below the chest. He found life again, however, through sled hockey.
New York has faced its fair share of treacherous weather. Last year it was Irene. This year, Hurricane Sandy hit hard. While many people evacuated the area before the worst of the storm hit, not everyone has that option without help.
Thanks to persistent political ads from both sides of the aisle and the media's constant analysis of every move the presidential candidates make, there's no doubting that election season is well underway. With about three weeks left until Election Day, many people in New York are registering to vote and figuring out where their local polling stations are. What most people may not consider, though, is whether they will actually be able to access their polling site.