According to the 2013 New York State Health and Disability survey, persons with limitations and/or disabilities make up a very large portion of the New York state population.
22.9% of all New York residents report having a disability, with rates being higher among females, residents over 65, adults without high school education, and adults with an income of $15,000 or less per year.
While this percentage has stayed relatively the same, the amount of disabled New Yorkers rises with the population each year.
To give yourself the best chance at receiving disability benefits in New York, continue below to learn more about local NYC disability resources.
New York’s Social Security Office
Address: 237 W 48th St, New york, NY 10036
Phone: (800) 772-1213
MON: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
TUES: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
WED: 09:00 AM—12:00 PM
THUR: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
FRI: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
SAT & SUN: CLOSED
By car: This Social Security office is one of many in New York City, but it is the most centrally located of all other offices. It can be found southwest of Central Park and Carnegie Hall in Hell’s Kitchen.
Because of the traffic and parking availability, it is recommended that public transit be taken to this office.
However, if car travel is easiest for you, the NY-9A can be to W 48th St, where the office will be on your left.
By public transit: Various public transit options, such as the 1/2/3 buses, the C Subway line, the M7, and the M11 can be taken directly to the front steps of the office at their W 48th St. stops.
New York’s ODAR Office
ODARs (Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review) are for disability applicants whose applications were denied on their first try.
This is relatively common and does not mean you are forever disqualified — instead, applicants have the option of scheduling a hearing at an ODAR with an administrative law judge (ALJ) to have their case officially reviewed.
Unlike most American cities, NYC has multiple ODARs, two of which are listed below:Bronx ODAR:
Address: 226 East 161st Street Suite 2, Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (866) 563-9573
List of All ALJs at the Bronx Location:
- Judge Elias Feuer
- Judge Jeffrey Gardner
- Judge Benjamin Green
- Judge Seth I. Grossman
- Judge Brian G. Kanner
- Judge Alexander G. Levine
- Judge Lynn Neugabauer
- Judge Kimberly L. Schiro
- Judge Miriam L. Shire
- Judge Selwyn S. Walters
- Judge Zachary S. Weiss
Average Hearing Wait Time: 21.00 months
Average Processing Time: 734 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 1.26
Address: 155-10 Jamaica Ave. 2nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11431
Phone: (866) 931-6092
List of All ALJs at the Queens Location:
- Judge Michelle I. Allen
- Judge Jay L. Cohen
- Judge Margaret A. Donaghy
- Judge Michael Friedman
- Judge Jacquelin Haber Lamkay
- Judge Ifeoma N. Iquamadi
- Judge Gal Lahat
- Judge Aaron M. Morgan
- Judge Margaret L. Pecoraro
Average Hearing Wait Time: 22.00 months
Average Processing Time: 711 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 1.57
New York Congressional and Senatorial Offices
To further speed up the decision process on your disability claim, you can try contacting your local congress or senatorial offices. By asking for an update on your case decision, you can potentially get results sent to you faster.
This doesn’t improve your chances of approval, but it does give you more time to start the appeals process should you need to.
Other methods, such as speaking with a disability attorney, can also be used to speed up the claims process.Congressional Representatives:
Address: 1651 3rd Ave. Suite 311, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 860-0606
Address: 1231 Lafayette Ave. 4th Floor, Bronx, NY 10474
Phone: (718) 620-0084
Address: 780 3rd Ave. Suite 2301, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 486-4430
Address: 780 3rd Ave. Suite 2601, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 688-6262
Contacting a Disability Attorney
Disability attorneys are an irreplaceable resource when applying for benefits. Their professional conduct and experience means they can (and will) do everything in their power to represent you and get you the benefits you deserve.
And, in accordance to federal regulation, official disability attorneys re required by law to only take payment if you win your case while they are representing you.
Before taking the next steps towards disability benefits, consider a free consultation with an NYC disability attorney today.