YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown officials are being accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act in a lawsuit that alleges that additional parking spaces pledged to bring the building toward compliance were removed, according to lohud.com.
Westchester Disabled on the Move and its board president, Gail Cartenuto Cohn, of Yorktown Heights, filed the suit in federal court in December, said lohud.com.
The suit alleges that two parking spaces that were once designated for handicapped in the front of Town Hall, which brought the total number of handicapped spots to four, have been removed after they were agreed upon in 2013, said lohud.com.
According to the suit, the town never responded to requests for why the parking spots were removed, added lohud.com.
The suit also alleges that people with disabilities don't have access to services on Town Hall's third floor because there is no elevator. In addition, the suit maintains the building's first floor is accessible to the disabled from the rear of Town Hall, while the main floor is accessible by using the front of the building, added lohud.com.
The town's attorney refused to comment on the pending litigation, added lohud.com.
“Qualified individuals with disabilities are impeded from accessing Town of Yorktown offices, departments, and services, including voting; obtaining licenses; attending public meetings, or paying Yorktown fees or taxes in person, because Yorktown’s Town Hall is inaccessible to many individuals with disabilities,” the suit says.