Lawsuit claims UES woman making neighbors sick with cigarette smoke amid lockdown: report

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April 30, 2020 - 8:27 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A woman who lives on the Upper East Side is being sued because her neighbor one floor up claims the cigarette smoke coming from her apartment is so intense that it’s making her "violently ill" with migraines.

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    Marianne Spinelli told the Daily News it’s only gotten worse since the coronavirus lockdown went into effect last month. The smoke is so bad it’s “constituting a physical assault, burning her lungs an sinuses and causing a loss of sleep,” according to court papers.

    “I woke up and it was like living in an ashtray,” Spinelli said.

    The lawsuit brought by real estate firm J & P Realty claims that Debora Schevill is making matters worse by refusing to let workers into her apartment on East 83rd Street. Schevill isn’t following a “no smoking” policy in the building, the lawsuit claims.

    The suit seeks $10,000 in legal fees and a promise that Schevill won’t smoke in the building.

    But Schevill told the Daily News that she quit smoking “some time ago.” She said that the people in the building are “having hallucinations.”

    “That has nothing to do with me,” she said.

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