BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said that he is trying to resolve a situation brought forth by an advocate for disabled men and women who wants Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image to provide reduced pricing for the disabled.
Adrian Edwards—a 57-year-old man who suffers from ataxia, a neurological condition that doesn’t allow his brain to function with his body—said that he contacted the museum and Van Bramer—who is the chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations—to request the same admission price for the disabled that seniors pay. Edwards said that both the museum and Van Bramer’s office declined his requests.
Van Bramer said that he supports Edwards and has taken action to get the situation resolved.
“We have submitted a legislative request on this issue and continue to work on legislation that would ensure discounted tickets for museums and other cultural activities for people with disabilities,” said Van Bramer. “I strongly believe that the city should stand by vulnerable populations and that a disability should not prevent anyone from having access to the life-changing cultural experiences offered in New York City.”