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Call-a-Bus Meets Anne Woodlen


We interrupt this series of blogs about Medicaid patients being unable to get home health aides in order to bring you a short history of Call-a-Bus. Call-a-Bus, hereinafter referred to as CAB, is public transportation solely for people who are … Continue reading

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From Upstate Medical Center to Frank Kobliski


Taxpayer’s alert:  Michael Abbot, auditor for the State University of New York, states that when he got a complaint that Upstate Medical Center’s $50 million Institute for Human Performance had been sitting two-thirds empty since its construction in 2000, he … Continue reading

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Annie Enters Politics


So Peter Cahan and I sat in the office of Beata Karpinska, ARISE’s director of advocacy, and had this conference call with attorney David Knight in the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights.  I told David story after story of … Continue reading

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From God to Linda McKeown–There’s a Trip


How do I know that God’s got my back? The first and biggest confirmation of this came about three years after I was diagnosed with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which is a rare form of kidney damage that is caused by bad doctors … Continue reading

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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Frank Kobliski, Executive Director of Centro Bus Company


Frank Kobliski, Executive Director of Centro Bus Company CNY Centro Syracuse/Onondaga 200 Cortland Avenue PO BOX 820 Syracuse, NY 13205-0820 May 14, 2012 Dear Frank, Yesterday I was at Shoppingtown Mall when Call-a-Bus paratransit picked me up in my wheelchair at 3:30 p.m.  … Continue reading

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From Compliant to Complaint: Moving the I


An activist is someone who takes action to fix a problem while everybody else walks around it and complains. My friend Arleen and I—and thousands of other people—went to the Fourth of July concert at the NYS Fair grounds.  Arleen went to use … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part V)


(Continued from July 24) So now we have Centro Executive Director Frank Kobliski and his special assistant, Betty Petri, working on fixing Call-a-Bus (CAB), while Manager Linda McKeown continues to run the day to day operation—which isn’t going all that well.  Every time I … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part IV)


(Continued from July 21) I got Frank Kobliski, executive director of Centro, to come to Public Transportation Advisory Council meetings at ARISE.  At the first meeting Frank attended, he learned that Linda McKeown, manager of Call-a-Bus (CAB), had a standing … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part III)


(Continued from July 19) Now here’s the frightening thing:  The only way I know to find out the rules for running Centro’s Call-a-Bus service is to talk to the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  Who else knows … Continue reading

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