Justice Department orders review of City Hall access

City officials learned Friday they are facing a federal probe of city-owned property.

It’s all to check whether it meets national accessibility law.

That includes City Hall, which City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s administration confirmed were out of compliance.

The requirements are a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the complaint was filed by the Center for Independent Living Roads to Freedom, Campana said.

“We are formally under investigation after a complaint,” he said Friday.

Misty Dion, executive director of the agency, warned officials more action was coming.

The review includes the building hosting city government activities along with parks, parking lots and other buildings, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

“We have 30 days to submit required information,” he said.

“It should have been done 25 years ago,” he said. “Most other buildings in other municipalities are compliant,” he said.

Since the law went into effect, there have been eight mayors and 60 councilman.

“I am hoping they are willing to work with us,” he said.

That should be the intention, according to federal officials.

“Our goal is to impartially investigate and to work with you, if necessary, to reach a productive and amicable resolution,” stated Michael J. Butler, assistant U.S. Attorney for the state Middle District.


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