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WWII veteran Andy Nowicki may be evicted from his apartment in Newington, Connecticut for smoking in front of his apartment instead of smoking in the designated smoking area.
Andy and Leona, his wife, have lived in the same apartment building for seniors for 20 years. The problems began when the Housing Authority director implemented a no-smoking policy two years ago. Their limited incomes and Leona’s failing health make moving difficult.
"You got me," their daughter Janet told local newspaper The Courant. "How fast can I build a ramp on my house?"
Andy says that he picked up his smoking habit as a soldier during WWII. The military provided cigarettes for free as part of their rations kits. He says that he would like to quit smoking, but has been unable to do so, even with the help of patches and gum.
He says that he feels like he is being singled out, the Daily Mail reports.
Senator Paul Doyle and their daughter, Janet, are trying to convince the management of the local housing authority to change their minds. Doyle is also an attorney, and he is helping Andy and Leona for free.
Even Mayor Stephen Woods has asked the Housing Authority to reconsider their position.
“Once you start that [making exceptions], where do you end that?” Housing Director Stephen Karp told The Daily Mail.
Elliot Lane, the attorney who will represent the Housing Authority during the court hearing on September 3, hopes that both sides can reach some kind of deal that both parties will be happy with before the court hearing starts, The Daily Mail reports.