Judge flunks NYC in disaster plans for disabled

AP News
Posted: Nov 07, 2013 2:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that New York City has violated the law by failing to adequately plan for the evacuation and protection of disabled people during emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy or the Sept. 11 attacks.

Judge Jesse Furman said Thursday that the city's emergency preparedness plans fall short of legal requirements in several significant respects.

He acknowledges that the challenges facing cities nationwide are immense. And he says New York City has done an admirable job of preparing for a wide range of disasters, both man-made and natural.

Furman says his ruling is limited to the question of liability. A separate proceeding will be held to determine remedies.

The city law office says in a statement that it is assessing its next step.