Here's another nice parting gift for the Bloomberg administration in its waning days: a massive ruling issued late yesterday by a federal judge in New York's Southern District found that the city's emergency management plan discriminates against people with disabilities. The judge, Jesse M. Furman, devoted a full 119 pages to outlining all the ways the city -- and Michael Bloomberg specifically, in his capacity as mayor -- has failed to accommodate the city's nearly 900,000 disabled people during disasters like hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
C.S. Muncy Manhattan, post-Sandy.
"Most significantly," Furman wrote, "the City's plans are inadequate to ensure that people with disabilities are able to evacuate before or during an emergency; they fail to provide sufficiently accessible shelters; and they do not sufficiently inform people with disabilities of the availability and location of accessible emergency services."More »