NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has settled with Pyramid Management Group LLC over issues related to mall access for disabled customers.
Pyramid, the largest privately owned shopping center owner and developer in the Northeast, operates 12 large shopping malls across the state of New York. The agreement will ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to all areas of the 12 malls.
“Many New Yorkers with disabilities find it difficult to access shopping malls because of architectural barriers,” Schneiderman said. “My office has made it a priority to remove these barriers and to help ensure that all New Yorkers have the access they need to live full and independent lives.”
Pyramid agreed to retain an ADA consultant who will report on disability compliance to the Attorney General’s Office. It will take remedial action to ensure its malls comply with accessibility standards and develop policies that will ensure future compliance.
Pyramid also agreed to pay $160,000 to the state of New York.
The malls involved include Walden Galleria (Cheektowaga), Champlain Centre (Plattsburgh), The Shops at West Seneca (West Seneca), Destiny USA (Syracuse), Sangertown Square (New Hartford), Aviation Mall (Queensbury), Crossgates Mall (Albany), Crossgates Commons (Albany), Poughkeepsie Galleria (Poughkeepsie), Palisades Center (West Nyack), Galleria at Crystal Run (Middletown) and Salmon Run Mall (Watertown).