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New Jersey co-op charged in handicapped parking scandal

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday announced that it has charged a New Jersey Cooperative Corporation and its owners, Linwood Avenue Owners Inc., as well as property manager Rita Neary, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to give a disabled man a handicapped parking space. The charge alleges that in June 2002, Robert Dublirer purchased a unit at Mediterranean Towers South, a private apartment complex at 2000 Linwood Ave. in Fort Lee, N.J. At that time, he informed the board members of the cooperative that he would need a handicapped parking space. Dublirer is physically disabled and uses forearm crutches to assist him with his disability. The board told him that the facility did not have handicapped parking, but did offer him preferential parking. Dublirer believed that the preferential parking space he was offered was the equivalent of a handicapped space because it was close to the building, but ultimately discovered that it was not. Accordi...