Babylon Town lawsuit over disabilities discrimination settled – New York News

The Town of Babylon has settled a lawsuit brought by an Old Bethpage nonprofit that had accused the town and one of its zoning inspectors of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, which operates housing facilities for people with mental disabilities on Long Island, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in April. It was dismissed earlier this month, court records show.

The suit stemmed from a ticket that Babylon senior zoning inspector Maryann Andersen issued to one such facility, on Conklin Street in East Farmingdale, in August 2016 for allegedly violating the town’s zoning code, according to the complaint.

That ticket was based on the town’s view of the facility as a “private proprietary home for adults,” which the town code prohibits on property zoned for residential use, according to Babylon Town Attorney Joseph Wilson.

Family Residences, however, saw the ticket as part of a “pattern and practice” of “intentional discrimination against people with disabilities,” according to the complaint.

The town has since revised its classification of the home and now considers it a residence and thus in compliance with the zoning…

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