NEW YORK (AP) A judge cited the spectacle of disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers as he ruled that New York City is violating law by failing to protect disabled people in emergencies.

Federal Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan ruled Thursday that the city must do more to protect about 11 percent of the city's more than 8 million residents.

Advocates for the disabled praised the ruling, saying New York City can be an example to the rest of the nation of how big cities can protect the disabled population.

City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said lawyers were reviewing the decision and assessing what step the city takes next.

After finding liability, the judge has urged a deal be reached on remedies rather than leaving them up to him.