September 11, 2013
Disabled access activist Ted Galusha of Warrensburg, right is interviewed by Mark Mulholland of WNYT NewsChannel 13 at a trial held in October 2012 in which Galusha was accused of driving too near a campsite in the Hudson River Recreation Area. For years, Galusha has been battling with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to open up forest areas for motorized access by people with physical disabilities. Twelve years ago, Galusha won a landmark federal case over the issue. resulting in a court order that required the state to open up over 100 miles of roads to motorized use by the disabled and make about $4.8 million in improvements to campground facilities, picnic areas, parking lots, restrooms, showers and boat launches to accommodate those with mobility issues.
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Despite facing a year in jail over several DEC violations for driving to close to a handicapped-accessible campsite, disabled access advocate Ted Galusha of Warrensburg vows to continue his ongoing fight to open up forest lands to those with mobility issues — and make the state live up to its promises to boost such access.