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After Hurricane Sandy, Judith Rodriguez, above, who is blind and unable to walk, could not leave her 10th-floor Brooklyn apartment.Credit…Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

By Marc Santora and Benjamin Weiser

  • Nov. 7, 2013

New York City has violated the rights of about 900,000 of its residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate for their needs during emergencies, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

The ruling arose from a lawsuit filed in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene, but came into sharper focus after Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers with disabilities were stranded for days. The judge, Jesse M. Furman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, found that the city, through “benign neglect,” was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The plaintiffs, which included two [...]

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