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Editorial: A warning to care for disabled residents

Kenneth Martinez sits on the couch with daughters,

Kenneth Martinez sits on the couch with daughters, Ashley Ripalda, 9, holding his crutches, and Khloe Martinez, 2. In addition to his apartment in Far Rockaway, Martinez lost both his power wheelchair and his prosthetic leg during superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 17, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

900,000 -- That's the number of disabled New York City residents whose rights were violated as officials failed to adequately plan for their evacuation in a storm. No, federal Judge Jesse Furman wasn't talking about Sandy in last week's decision. He was talking about Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Then -- and later with Sandy -- people who should have been moved from their homes weren't. This isn't just a city thing. In a post-Sandy world, planners from Queens to Montauk need to give this problem a hard look and avoid the city's mistakes.

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