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19 PUBLIC BUILDINGS SAID TO LACK ACCESS FOR DISABLED

Nineteen city and state buildings in New York City fail to provide equal access for people with disabilities, said a report issued Saturday by State Assemblyman Scott Stringer.

The report listed nearly 100 alleged violations of the American with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines in buildings ranging from City Hall to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"The city and state use a half-loafed approach to making government accessible to disability," said Stringer, who was joined by other activists.

Reported violations included elevator call buttons placed too high for a person in a wheelchair at the Brooklyn Municipal Building and Bronx Borough Hall. None of the buildings surveyed was equipped with a text telephone (TTY or TDD) for the hearing impaired.

And many buildings reportedly had front doors that were far too heavy for a person in the wheelchair to open without help.

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