The County of Monroe / City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities is an advisory council to the County Executive and the Mayor. The Council, reestablished in 2007 after several years of inactivity, aims to unite and coordinate efforts to achieve a better understanding and fulfillment of the needs of persons with disabilities in Rochester and Monroe County. Members are appointed jointly by the County Executive and the Mayor, with the goal of representing the diversity of the community.
In addition to being an advisory panel, the Council also takes on various projects. One ongoing project, Democracy Rides, provides transportation to the polls for people with disabilities.
The Council also participates in SportsNet, which was recognized as an exemplary program promoting healthy, active lifestyles among people with disabilities by providing them with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities. This honor coincides with the efforts of Monroe County/City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Click here to read more about the program.
The Council has partnered with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) to provide insight and perspective during the discovery phase of plans to build a bus terminal on Mortimer Street in Downtown Rochester to ensure the terminal meets the needs of all customers. The Council has met with RGRTA and will continue to meet as the project progresses.
Similarly the Council is lending similar perspective to the Rochester Intermodal Transportation Center to help ensure full accessibility as the project enters its scoping and design phases.
CPWD Advisory Board
- Ann K. Parsons, Chair
- Matthew J. Starr, Vice-Chair
- Margaret (Peg) Pepe-O'Brien, Secretary
- Mohammad Gazali
- Gary Gould
- Jeanne Ricigliano
- Kareen V. Zeitounzian
- Laura Maas
- Suzanne Johnston
Ex Officio Members
City of Rochester
Sandra J. Simon
County of Monroe
Please contact: Sandra J. Simon, City of Rochester, (585) 428-6509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca VanHorn, County of Monroe, (585) 753-1717 RVanHorn@monroecounty.gov
Or, visit the Council Website.