NEW YORK (AP) — A judge cited disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers to illustrate his conclusion that New York City violated laws designed to protect the disabled — about 11 percent of the city's more than 8 million residents — as it created evacuation plans for emergencies ranging from storms to terrorist attacks.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman issued his written opinion Thursday, saying the city violated the American's with Disabilities Act and the New York City Human Rights Law despite emergency efforts that he sometimes praised. He said the city's emergency preparedness plans fail to ensure that people with disabilities can evacuate before or during an emergency and fail to provide accessible shelters.
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