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Default Brooklyn adult home operators settle with AG

Brooklyn adult home operators settle with AG

By: David Jones
Published: December 28, 2006 - 2:22 pm

The former operators of the Seaport Manor Home for Adults in Brooklyn reached a $149,000 settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, stemming from a 2002 lawsuit claiming residents were forced to live in squalor and neglect.

The suit charged that the 346-bed facility in Canarsie was infested with mice, roaches and flies, residents were not given their proper medications and in one instance the home failed to properly investigate a resident who died when her clothing caught fire.

The State Health Department cited the home for 122 violations of public health law until 2002, when a state Supreme Court judge ordered the facility to be taken over by Medisys Health Networks Inc. -- the parent of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Most of the 313 residents were moved to other facilities.

Under the settlement, Seaport Manor's former operators, Martin Rosenberg and Baruch Mappa, are barred from owning or operating a licensed adult care facility, halfway house or other program for mentally disabled adults. Elizabeth Rosenberg, who was the administrator of Seaport Manor, is barred from working for an adult care facility in any capacity.

Messrs. Rosenberg and Mappa will pay $100,000 in restitution to the residents who lived in the adult home during the spring of 2002, and $49,000 in penalties and interest to New York state.

The case was initially thrown out following a 2002 settlement between Seaport Manor and the state Health Department. However, the suit was later reinstated, but limited to the three-month period in 2002 preceding Medisys Health's appointment.
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