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United States Files Suit Against Long Island Co-op Apartment Building and its Board of Directors for Violating Fair Housing Act Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2008

Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, today announced the filing of a federal complaint against 75 Main Avenue, a cooperative apartment building located at 75 Main Avenue in Rockville Centre, New York, and 75 Main Avenue Board of Directors, for violations of the Fair Housing Act. According to the government’s complaint, the defendants are refusing to provide one of the building’s disabled residents with reasonable accommodation for her disabilities.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities based on their disabilities. Under the Act, buildings are required to make reasonable accommodation to allow people with disabilities and their families to use and enjoy their homes. The complaint alleges that Mary Pasko, a 90-year old widow, is being forced by defendants to live without a support animal which helps alleviate her disabilities. The complaint further alleges that the apartment building’s Board has refused to waive its no pet policy, and has refused Ms. Pasko’s offer of medical documentation to support her need for the animal. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief requiring 75 Main Avenue to bring its practices into compliance with the Fair Housing Act, as well as damages to compensate Ms. Pasko for the harm caused by defendants’ discriminatory practices.

“Persons with disabilities are entitled to the protections of the Fair Housing Act, including the right to reasonable modification of co-op rules to enable them to continue to live in their homes, and we are dedicated to vigorously enforcing those rights,” stated United States Attorney Benton J. Campbell.

The government’s case is being litigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Eichenholtz.



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