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Subway access advocates rally at 60 Centre Street courthouse

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New York, NY – Disability, transit and other activists held a rally outside the 60 Centre Street courthouse on Thursday, August 1, 2019 calling on Gov. Cuomo, who controls the MTA, to make a legally binding commitment for full subway accessibility.

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The rally-goers held Cuomo masks and have a full-size Cuomo cutout. They then attended a 10 a.m. hearing before Judge Shlomo Hagler, who is presiding over a court case, filed in 2017, charging that the lack of subway elevators is a violation of the city’s Human Rights Law. The governor and the MTA have not settled the lawsuit.

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In June, Judge Hagler rejected the MTA and the City’s motions to dismiss the case, but the MTA has said it will appeal. Currently, fewer than 25% of the city’s 472 subway stations are accessible.

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Note: Another case, Forsee v. MTA, will be heard before Judge Edgardo Ramos in federal court on August 1 at 2 p.m., 40 Foley Square, Courtroom 619.

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The lawsuit charges the MTA and the City with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by renovating subway stations without making them accessible.

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Organized by Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID); Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY); Disabled In Action; Elevator Action Group—Rise and Resist; and other groups and individual plaintiffs.

Subway access advocates rally at courthouse

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  1. Robert Acevedo August 3, 2019

    good as always…

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