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Condo Owners Say They're Not NIMBYs, They Just Don't Want 'Special People' Around
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 5, 2004

MONTICELLO, NEW YORK--Gladys Gold and her neighbors don't have a problem with people who have disabilities.

They just don't want them living in their 20-unit condominium complex.

Gold was responding to plans by a married, working, tax-paying couple who are set to move into a three-bedroom condo in the Cedar Park Commons, with a live-in care provider.

"We have nothing against them; it's just certain issues," she told the Times Herald-Record.

Those issues apparently have to do with fears over declining property values and increasing insurance rates.

"It's not that we object to having special people here . . . but it's not a safe place for them," said Gold, who insisted that she does not have a NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) mentality.

"I don't think the people would be happy with the nature of this community," she said.

[Editor's comment: If the rest of the community has attitudes like Gladys', she's probably right.-- Dave]

"Condo owners cringe at thought of couple" (Times Herald-Record)


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