A retired prison guard is accused of making life difficult for the family of a 23-year-old autistic man who lives on his Staten Island block. New York’s Daily News reports the NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against Patrick Kilbane, a former state Corrections Department sergeant. The complaint claims Kilbane and his daughter Erin harassed neighbors George and Nicole Palesano and their 23-year-old son, who is autistic.
The Palesanos and Kilbanes live across the street from each other on a dead end road on Staten Island. According to the complaint, in 2008 Kilbane placed a log with a pole and flag on it along the curb in front of his house, making it difficult for their son’s school bus to turn around. He also allegedly would scream at bus drivers, yelling offensive remarks. Following complaints by the Palesanos, the city Parks Department removed the log in 2015, however, their car was keyed soon after, which they claim was done by Kilbane’s daughter in retaliation for making the complaint against them. They also found that their Wi-Fi nickname had been changed to “F-kNikiandGorg,” which they claim was done by the Palesanos.
But they aren’t the only ones on the block who think Kilbane is a bully.
The Palesanos aren’t the only ones on the block who have had a run in with the feisty Kilbane family. One neighbor, who did not wish to be named for fear of retaliation, told the Daily News, “Since he came, there’s no peace.” She also claimed
Kilbane made abusive comments to her and let his dogs urinate in front of her house.
Neither the The Kilbanes, nor the Palesanos, wished to comment on the Daily News’ story or the Human Rights Commision’s complaint. The watchdog group investigates claims and offenses involving verbal or physical attacks on New Yorkers based on their race, religion or disability. A city Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings judge is to hear the case against the Kilbanes and will ultimately decide whether they should pay a civil fine and provide compensation to the Palesano family.