New York Man Disabled By Cerebral Palsy Vindicated In Bid To Have Automatic Door Opener Installed


Posted on 22nd October 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


A New York City man who has cerebral palsy has won a second round in his legal battle against his residence, Co-op City in the Bronx, according to the New York Daily News.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes upheld a ruling that mandated that Riverbay, which manages Co-op City, install automatic door openers at 100 Aldrich St. 

John Rose, 68, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a motorized wheelchair. He had filed a complaint against Riverbay with the New York City Commission of Human Rights because he couldn’t open the front door of his building without help, according to the News. Last year the commission found that Riverbay had to install the automatic doors to accommodate Rose, a ruling that was appealed by Riverbay.

The commission had fined Riverbay $50,000 and gave Rose damages of $51,000.

Judge Brigantti-Hughes upheld the commission’s decision, the News reported. But she reduced the fine to $5,000 and cut the damages to $16,000.

The judge found that Riverbay wasn’t giving Rose an “unsegregated accommodation,” which is mandated by city law, according to the News.

Riverbay complained that it would cost about $50,000 to install the automated doors.


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