HANDICAPPED PARKING
EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
Columbia County is committed to the enforcement of laws pertaining to parking for individuals
with disabilities.
 The Columbia County Sheriffs Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement
agencies,
will take the necessary steps to enforce the law to protect the rights of the people it is
intended to serve.

Federal and New York State Laws provide special parking privileges for persons with disabilities.  These
laws help to insure that eligible individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities to access goods and
services that are available to the rest of the population.

Reserving parking spaces for individuals with disabilities is not just a matter of safety and
convenience/accessibility, it is also a matter of law.  Traversing a busy parking lot can be difficult and even
dangerous for someone in a wheelchair, on crutches, or using a walker.  An individual in a wheelchair
travelling across a busy parking lot may not be as visible to other drivers as a person who is walking.  Some
people with severe disabilities are not able to maneuver as well as individuals who do not have disabilities,
and are in a precarious position as they try to access malls, grocery stores, etc.  This includes people with
non-visible disabilities with such conditions as lung or heart disease, or spinal problems, which make walking
difficult.

Upon request, Deputy Sheriffs will attend meetings or other events to discuss Handicapped
Parking.  The Sheriff also makes Deputy Sheriff's available to other law enforcement agencies for
Handicapped Parking in-service training.

To request information or for a Deputy Sheriff to speak about Handicapped Parking, contact LED Captain
David Bartlett at (518)828-0601 x 1403.
Columbia County Sheriff's Office