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Tour bus celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act stopping at Queens Borough Hall Monday

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Photo courtesy of The ADA Legacy Project

A traveling exhibit – raising awareness and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — is rolling into Queens Monday afternoon.

The ADA Legacy Tour, which includes a “Road to Freedom” tour bus, a traveling exhibit displaying iconic photos from photographer Tom Olin and more information educating the public on disability rights, will stop at Queens Borough Hall between 2:30 and 5 p.m.

The traveling exhibit, which began last year, is produced by The ADA Legacy Project, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network, and the Museum of disABILITY History.

Once the bus makes the stop, visitors will be able to learn about The ADA Legacy Project and its efforts to preserve disability history, celebrate disability milestones and educate the public. Visitors can also add their signatures to the ADA quilt and take part in giveaways, workshops and other programming.

In 1990 the ADA was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination based on disability – both mental and physical. The law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

In 2008 the ADA Amendments Act was signed into law, broadening the definition of “disability” to extend the law’s protection to a larger group of people.

Prior to the signing of the amendment act, the “Road to Freedom” tour bus was driven across the nation by Olin, known for his involvement in the disability rights movement, and sought to gather support for the ADA Amendments Act. In the end it garnered thousands of signatures calling on the amendment.

Monday’s Queens stop is one of four throughout New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month declared July as “Disability Pride Month” and on Sunday, the city also held its first-ever Disability Pride Parade in Manhattan.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the most important civil rights laws in history,” de Blasio said. “By designating July as Disability Pride Month, we are celebrating and commending the fierce advocacy of those who have fought for equal rights for decades and reaffirming our strong commitment to making New York City the most accessible city in the world.”


Gun-toting teen busted after fatally shooting man in Queens

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Gun-toting teen busted after fatally shooting man in Queens

A gun-toting punk was busted moments after fatally blasting a man in the chest in Queens today, police said. Police officers raced to the scene after hearing gunfire break out at 12:30 a.m. in Jamaica, police said. They found the armed 19-year-old suspect standing over the wounded victim, who was lying motionless in front of 107-11 159 Street. Read More: New York Post


Bronx ADA fired from her job pleads guilty to DUI, gets no jail time

The Bronx prosecutor who was allegedly driving drunk and later lost her job in the DA’s office accepted a deal in the case this morning and pleaded guilty to DUI, saying she is “deeply sorry” for her actions. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Troiano, who was fired Jan. 13, pleaded guilty in Bronx Supreme Court and will get no jail time. Read More: New York Post

Man Pulled From East Harlem Trench Collapse

The New York City Fire Department says one person has been pulled from the ground following a trench collapse in East Harlem this morning. It happened around 11:30 a.m. near a commercial building under construction located at 122nd Street near Park Avenue. The man’s condition was not immediately known. NY1 has a crew at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. Read More: NY1

NYC man faces sentencing in homegrown terror case

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a New York City-born man convicted last year of traveling to the Middle East to avenge abuse of Muslims. Betim Kaziu is due back in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon for sentencing. A jury found Kaziu guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He also was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. Read More: New York Post

Banker charged with cabby stabbing put on leave

Morgan Stanley is putting Manhattan investment banker W. Bryan Jennings, who was charged with stabbing a cab driver over a late-night fare, on a leave of absence, The Post has learned. Jennings is co-head of North American fixed-income capital markets at the New York investment bank. Sources said the bank is waiting to see how the matter is resolved before reinstating Jennings. Read More: New York Post