Disabled tenants target NYC elevators

April 21, 2009 2:57:39 PM PDT
Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. A federal lawsuit prepared by lawyers for seven tenants accuses the New York City Housing Authority of violating disability and human rights laws.

The elevators have attracted scrutiny since a Brooklyn 5-year-old died in August. Jacob Neuman fell 10 stories down a shaft after trying to escape from a stalled elevator.

Interim Chairman Ricardo Elias Morales said he cannot yet comment on specifics the tenants' claims. However, he says "the vast majority" of the elevators are safe and provide adequate service.

Morales said he'll unveil an elevator overhaul plan within weeks.


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