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Coxsackie man alleges discrimination

Dec 24, 2015 6:30 am

Charlie Holmes is reporting in The Daily Mail a Coxsackie man has taken legal action against Greene County under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In a complaint filed Wed., Dec. 23 with the U.S District Court of the Northern District of New York., Douglas C. Wager alleged that he and his service dog, 15-month-old Gracie, were denied entry to the Greene County Office Building on Main Street in Catskill. He said that on three occasions in October, November and early December, sheriff's deputies were rude and interrogated him even though he had proper identification and paperwork for Gracie. The incidents were humiliating and he experienced great stress as a result, Wager said. "Even though access was eventually granted, I believe that the entire situation was lawfully wrong and an act of complete discrimination of my rights as stated in the ADA and flagrant abuse of power,” he said. Wager filed the case on his own, and is acting without counsel. Sheriff Greg Seeley and Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden declined comment, and county attorney Ed Kaplan failed to respond when contacted. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.