Disabled Co-op City resident defeats management in court

A disabled man triumphed in court over Riverbay for the second time in less than a year, arguing that the managers of Co-op City are obliged to install automatic openers at the front doors of his building, the New York Daily News reported.

John Rose, a longtime resident of the Co-op City building at 100 Aldrich Street in the Bronx, has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair but can’t open the front doors of his building alone. He can, however, enter through the handicap accessible side doors.

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Initially the city’s Commission of Human Rights ruled that the side doors relegate Rose to “second-class” citizenry and is “the equivalent of having to sit in the back of the bus.” They awarded Rose $51,000 in damages and fined Riverbay $50,000. A State Supreme Court ruled against Riverbay’s appeal and upheld the commission’s ruling, but reduced the fine to $5,000 and the damages to $16,000.

Riverbay is considering appealing again. [NYDN]

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