HOME, HOME IN NEW YORK
Lyrics by Nadina LaSpina and Danny Robert © 2002
to the tune of "Home on the Range"

In 1984 New York State passed building codes requiring 100% wheelchair accessible units in new residential building construction. Governor Pataki decided to "upgrade" state codes to reflect new technology and improvements in building and construction. In 2001, the final year of the State Building Code Council's deliberations, Pataki and most of his appointees moved to reduce the 100% access provision to 2%. Vigorous testimony from the disability community got the percentage up from 2% to 10% accessible units. Activists from ADAPT, a national disability rights organization, showed up in Albany in November, 2001, when the "final" vote was to be taken. Some blocked doorways; others slid out of their chairs and shouted "SHAME" and other choice words of outrage.

Pataki responded by setting up a meeting for a month later with ADAPT leaders. Over 50 disability advocates in Albany and 50 in New York City, mostly wheelchair users from DIA and NYC/ADAPT, gathered outside the Governor's offices the day of the meeting and refused to leave unless the upgraded code was reinstated 100%. Danny wrote this song, and the protesters raucously sang it outside Pataki's NYC office. The result: the 100% is back - "an accessible code that is great"!

Vocals: Solos by Mary Ann and Michael with backup by The Chorus
12-String guitar: Eric

Oh, give me a home where my wheelchair can roam
Where the doors and the hallways are wide.
Larger bathrooms there'll be, lower counters for me,
A home I can live in with pride.

Chorus:
Home, home in New York
Home in the Empire State.
For access that's free, wheelchair users agree,
An accessible code that is great.

Oh, give me a home where my scooter can roam,
Where the access is easy and free.
No steps anywhere, not a worry or care.
I can get in my bathroom and pee (aaah)!

Chorus:
Home, home in New York
Home in the Empire State.
For access that's free, scooter users agree,
An accessible code that is great.

Oh, give me a home where I'm on my own,
Built as a place I can stay,
Where I will be free, part of so-ci-e-ty,
And I can live in my own way.

Chorus:
Home, home in New York
Home in the Empire State.
For access that's free, all people agree,
An accessible code that is great.