Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA’s Winter Of Dysfunction, Gaslighting Deceit And Virulent Denials

Related imageImage result for nyc housing authorityExhibit A, Public Housing.                                                                      Exhibit B, a bureaucratic shitshow.

As the warm embrace of spring arrives in just a few weeks, it is apropos that the chaotic gross incompetent management and scurrilous mischief, criminal indifference and abject perjury committed by the executives, inspectors and maintenance staff at the New York City Housing Authority enabled by the equally gross incompetent and indifferent mayor and council members that resulted in the fucked up environment of hundreds of thousands of struggling people and kids living in public housing. THE REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM.

The biggest scumlord of the city has wrought an audit by recently re-elected Comptroller Scott Stringer:

The New York City Housing Authority, the country’s largest public housing agency, has fallen far short of its pledge to make fixes to residents’ apartments in a timely manner and eliminate a massive repair backlog, an audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has found.

In fact, the housing authority was reporting repairs in such a way that “obscures the actual amount of time it takes NYCHA to fully complete repairs,” the audit found.

The thing about this audit, the one above, it’s from July 2015 from a Propublica article and it’s unavailable. But Scottie compiled a new one for this winter of total discontent from the amazing circumstantial breakdowns and perpetual same old shit regarding the grotesque elements of mold, bugs and vermin, masonry dilapidation, broken lights, out of service elevators, busted doorbells and locks, leaky ceilings and pipes, persistent crime and vagrancy and the habitual absenteeism of lazy and shiftless inspectors. And of course all that lead that was lied about to HUD when it was run by a democrat wonderboy Julian Castro under the supervision of President Barack Hussein Obama. It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

The week after it was revealed that Commissioner Shoya Olatoye deceived the federal housing authorities about the lead contained in apartments and the unlicensed contractors hired to remove it (or didn’t) and a few days after Bill de Faustio got re-elected with a paltry turn-out of registered voters, over 1,400 residents received form letters from projects from all five boroughs demanding their eviction without any basis and without a signatory from an official. Leading to ensuing unnecessary horror amongst the unfortunate people that received them. According to some flacks at the department it was just a computer glitch, which should give any official pause to rely on algorhythms to do research and vetting. A month later, NYCHA saw fit to send warning letters to vacate to tenants in the Red Hook Houses after doing a surprise inspection in their apartments and bodaciously blaming them for the lead inside that their boss lied to the feds about.

And more cases are starting to surface regarding their officially confirmed lead oversight, as new tenants that moved into units in the 5 boroughs in the past 5 years were not cognizant of the toxicity and babies and children growing up during that time gained developmental problems wind up enrolled in special education classes. Giving them the comparably gradual effect on their young minds as football players dealing with CTE they weren’t aware they had. All attributed to the criminal avoidance and deceit from the Housing Authority brass.

Then, winter had come.

It took the bomb cyclone to wallop the city with 3 weeks of sub-10 degree weather exacerbated by brutal winds to expose more NYCHA oblivious neglect of basic services, as the majority of boilers at projects in all five boroughs malfunctioned, leaving over 320,000 residents in hundreds of buildings over 50 projects without heat at the absolute worse time in the longest coldest snap the city has seen in over 50 years. As NYCHA minions diligently tried to cover up the thousands of complaints of freezing residents by hastily closing tickets for heating repairs. Keeping up what can only be the Shoya Olatoye doctrine of perjuring offenses of willful neglect, ironically when the proverbial heat is on them.  It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

(Their whiny defensive responses about the heat they denied have absolutely no merit, maybe except for a case when a baby got scalded by a ruptured pipe leaving third degree burns all over his little body and still predictably refused to be accountable for it then too.)

All it took was media exposure to get the cretins at NYCHA to react, as PIX correspondent and sweetheart Monica Morales showed. Like a 93-year-old woman immolated under her blankets. Monie’s wholesome reports managed to get heat back at the Sotomoyer and Douglass housing buildings after the bitter 2 1/2 week freeze. Which may have initiated and motivated de Faustio to take his slow ass to a project to see for himself and to miraculously find 13 million dollars to make these quick fixes and get heat working again for the people that pay for it.

Proper protocol and belated reactive actions inside NYCHA as 3 aides got sacked except for you know who and by city council people and borough presidents collectively demanded a state of emergency to make the neglected and overdue repairs and got the mayor to find 200 million dollars to get the boilers fixed, which apparently should have been funded back in April of last year. The bad news is that the repairs won’t start until July. Of next year. And they won’t be fully functional or replaced with new ones until 2022. The massively belated delay is actually reasonable being that over a hundred boiler technicians quit the agency during Olatoye’s tenure as NYCHA’s spin doctor and REBNY puppet. That loss of professionals is in stark contrast with the amount of lawyers working at NYCHA trying to evict tenants from their real affordable apartments, leading to a heinous rise in city court hearings in the past 3 years to 2016. A 74-year-old woman being needled by NYCHA’s counsellers to get out of her apartment in the Bronx because the lease holder is in her late mother’s name despite continuing to pay the rent should attest that this statistic has rose as well.

But those feel good stories (and the disappointing one) will have no staying power or nary an effect on the fact that the boilers are all old, broken down and outdated as well as the pipes which easily froze during the torturing first weeks of January. It also turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports. And the massive lack of technicians to fix these cruddy boilers played a factor too, which may NYCHA didn’t duly prepare to have these fixed during the summer or even during the exceedingly warm months last October and November, as a majority of tenants still didn’t have hot water to cook or bathe with.

Despite all these hearings and the sudden media scrutiny of NYCHA’s revolting indifference, the buildings dilapidation is the only thing progressing as mold, roach, rat and bedbug infestations continue to grow.

And de Faustio while he defends the odious technocrat Olatoye, the Cruella De Ville of NYCHA, keeps deferring and deflecting blame everywhere he can find it. Like how historic the recent cold weather was or the obvious recent sordid history of conditions of public housing and a culture of willful ineptitude and obfuscation and which goes overlooked just like the shitlist of problems plaguing the buildings to this second and remains and grows worse. He doubled down on his ignorance on the plight of his poor constituents by getting the average amount wrong by half of the allotted time tenants went without heat and hot water during the 3 week arctic blast. By underestimating the inhumane habitability of the glacial conditions, the Blaz undermines the neglect and suffering of people in public housing. Although to the mayor’s credit, actually his luck which he has a massive amount of, that nothing disastrous or tragic happened or even someone dying during that time; like from fires considering tenants had to use alternatives for heat like leaving the ovens on and space heaters. Or like a lethal flu outbreak considering the lengths people went through to get the elusive warmth denied by NYCHA’s systemic disarray.

During this chaos, all the usual suspects, meaning spokespersons for NYCHA and Hizzoner and his spokesminions just repeat the same refrains of “we must do better” and “we will work harder”.

Image result for de blasio nychaExhibit C held by Defendant 1 and being looked on deviously and approvingly by Defendant 2

Yet the Blaz again defers blame, but his defense doesn’t hold muster when his flawed affordable housing program to build and preserve 200,000 units, now up to 300,000 to make it more impressionable to desperate people and self-satisfied liberal phonies for material at democrat fundraisers, is that it didn’t include NYCHA housing in the first place, as the funding for repairs is currently dependent on the NEXTGEN program relying on commercial real estate developers (you know, his fucking donors) to build new mixed income towers on space on public housing grounds like parking lots and playgrounds. Despite recent contracts doled out by the mayor to build over a playground in Yorkville (make that squeeze into) and two parking lots in Brookyn housing projects to his favored developer pals (the ones that didn’t get indicted) for city property building tax-abated leases and to a LLC consortium that are already seeing refurbishments on a NYCHA building before they were even leased out to them, somehow the millions of city largess has not come to the housing projects in dire need. Comporting the continuing duress on the buildings and it’s tenants is, in actuality, the mayor himself, with his selfish frivolous spending of tax payer dollars on his personal lawyers and his staff of solicitous sycophants during court hearings from his immoral yet legal bribes he accepted through his Campaign For One New York 501 (c) (4) fund. And whatever it cost to make those lame ass pamphlets for his bored audience to glance at during his TED TV-like state of the city address that neglected to address the internecine problems with and come up with concrete solutions to efficiently fix and fund NYCHA. the usual suspects all acknowledge finally with claims and pathetic mollifications that “we must do better” and “we have more work to do”

And now de Faustio and Mario’s Son Governer Cuomo are now at loggerheads just like with the MTA over NYCHA. These two idiots who used to work at HUD together in the 90’s under Bill Clinton, where they clearly also ignored the dysfunction at NYCHA and every national city public housing projects, are again using their petty political bickering as a distraction for their own stupendous incompetence as elected officials. Mario’s son for one earmarked $100 million and hoarded it from the city because he actually had the audacity to say or suddenly utilized governmental prudence that he wanted to make sure the money was spent appropiately. Although it did get to NYCHA, it went instead to security cameras instead of the leaky roofs of buildings that needed it.

Maybe Andy might have had a point for his targeted allocation as it turns out that NYCHA hoarded 3 billion dollars sent by FEMA for repairs and upgrades to 33 coastal project buildings that got clobbered and damaged by Hurricane Sandy as only one building has got done in the 6 years since. Which has left over 2 billion dollars unaccounted for that could have went for boiler, roof and lock repairs, new boilers, lead and mold remediation to state the fucking obvious.

This has opened up a class action suit by  tenant association Citywide Council of Presidents  from the NYCHA’s slowly dying buildings to demand not money but reform and genuine responsible leadership to public housing. It is going to be interesting to see de Faustio and Olatoye respond to this simple on its face and indisputable request and injunction against this shitshow city government agency considering the precedence the plaintiffs have regarding a recent awarding of 57 million dollars to a mother and a child affected by the lead contamination in their apartment and a way under-speculated $100 million dollar suit against the city for Ms. Olatoye’s defiant perjury against the feds. Surely the CCOP will gain traction and not be the least bit discouraged after de Faustio and his unelected yet office holding and policy approving wife walked up the steps of city hall defiantly ignoring their protest out front.

Exhibit D, coil spring ‘do, worn by Defendant 2

As for the perjuring Commissioner, the girl still can’t help herself from perjuring herself. Even during two city council hearings, the first one where she again lied about the inspections that weren’t made and the unlicensed workers tasked with the assignments to inspect and abate the lead removal. And the second one where she showed up with a new terrible hairstyle and where she had the city’s top lawyer Zack Taylor along with other city aides and hack NYCHA officials giving rank testimonies, obfuscations and non-responses in what were basically meaningless hearings which were supervised by the former public housing committee chairman and Bronx councilman Ritchie Torres, who didn’t say a fucking word last year as Shoya was preparing her perjury statements to HUD last year and Speaker Corey Johnson who still supports her as commissioner, just like the stupid willfully blind and lying de Blasio.

The lying corrupt mayor recently and crassly said that the people in the projects should not expect a rose garden regarding the tardiness of refurbishments to the boilers and everything else in NYCHA housing. This from the guy who confidently told these same people that the tale of two cities will end on his watch and there will be one city for all and then said, for lack of profundity that this was your city. Well the city the people of the projects have received from this disappointing mayor is a shithole that he helped exacerbate with his stupid misspending, lousy policy-making and governing, unscrupulous bribe accepting and doling of civic services resulting from them and his obstinate support of a wretched worthless louse like Shoya Olatoye.

If there is a literal update to the tale of two cities Mayor de Faustio failed to end, this tale of two NYCHA tenants could be illuminating proof.

In the middle of the bomb cyclone freeze in mid-January, a bedroom ceiling collapsed in an apartment in the Weeksville Gardens Houses from in Crown Heights leading to the two people getting injured resulting from the atypical NYCHA non-response from the tenants complaints and a decayed leaking pipe. The suddenly traumatized and briefly homeless family where met by agency assigned movers who refused to lift anything big like their TV and were left hanging by the city and waiting on the cold street after they were promised a new apartment by the mayor and his trusty fixer deputy mayor of housing and development Alicia Glen. When they were finally transferred to an apartment far from their town, they arrived to a smaller unfurnished apartment with a leaking toilet, they were pestered by a mayoral lackey on the phone days later about taking a place in another borough, leading the mother to show up personally to NYCHA’s office only to be shunned because she did not make an appointment with them.

Then there is the recently revealed and overlooked story of a family in the Lincoln Houses who also had a leak in their ceiling. Instead of getting the standard runaround and unanswered phone calls from the dysfunctional agency, they just happened to have the good fortune of having their blighted issue happen during the 2013 mayoral election. As then public advocate de Blasio showed up there with his hipster daughter beside him during the campaign trail, along with other candidates and an NYPD escort, and saw the above damage along with the mold that covered their furniture and miraculously NYCHA made repairs. Since that day/photo opp, the family got their broken stove replaced and had an exterminator arrive promptly to remedy a mice problem they had. To top off the quid poor quo, when the mother had a problem receiving her disability payments, de Blasio made some calls for her to receive them post-haste. Somehow, everyone else in the same housing building were going through the same daily rigamarole resulting from NYCHA’s shitty standards of building maintenance and management.

As with these two tales and how de Faustio governs, the East Harlem family got a tiny taste of the favoritism that has lucratively regaled all that paid to play to get the mayor’s divine attention.

After all this disarray, Olatoye remains in her undeserved position and seems to be more powerful and like her confidant and number one advocate de Faustio, practically untouchable. And defiantly oblivious. For after 5 months since she got caught lying to the feds and consistently lying to her tenants, she has finally apologize somewhat with a form letter from her social media platform:

Actually, this form letter is more humblebrag and talking points than an apology. And of course it’s full of so much shit that it’s not worth wiping your ass with or even wiping the excess feces that comes out of Shoya’s mouth every time she opens it. She also found space to vilify journalists who exposed her and the agency’s illicit offenses. Got to hand it to Ms. Olatoye, for she is more like a public relations flack than a commissioner, which being a pathological liar makes her a natural. Like she can make up for 4 years of wanton neglect and blatant deceit with a warm and fuzzy letter that congratulated herself more than the achievements she and the dysfunctional agency under her supervision alleges to have made.

The summation to this amateur audit is that the way this mess was handled by all the human failures involved, it is to be reminded of the Aesop fable “The Ant and The Grasshopper“. As everyone in charge were busy fucking around than preparing for the worse. And were busy having fun with rich assholes at parties getting sweet deals for the flawed and sure to spur more forced gentrification with the heinous NEXTGEN program. And it’s not just the winter that passed and the winters that will come in the next 3 or 4 years that will see more severe weather from the extreme effects of climate change (hell there could be another or a few hurricanes that will come around again in the autumn),  it’s in the form of the massive tax cuts to public housing put forth by Figurehead Trump to finance the tax cut Oligarch Welfare Law, the wall in Mexico and so he can have his beautiful military parade.

Which will provide more convenient excuses for the usual suspects, Shoya and Bill, to do nothing for the people languishing in the squalor their rancid policies and governing has produced and induced. And the endless cycle of government waste from unqualified hacks continues unabated.

For these two terrible people will continue their atrocities for they are hoisted by a well-heeled lawyer on the NYCHA board that somehow eluded the personnel house-cleaning as noted by the thorough muck raking news blog Progress Queens:

As the New York City Housing Authority has faced one crisis after another, Derrick Cephas has served as the highest-ranking external member of NYCHA’s Board of Directors. As such, Mr. Cephas has, since his 2014 appointment as vice chair, been in a unique position to serve as a check on an institutional culture that resists accountability and reform. The controversies engulfing the Municipal housing authority include the giving of false testimony by Chief Executive Officer Shola Olatoye about tenants’ exposure, and the risks of exposure, to lead ; a Federal investigation into physical condition standards ; a class-action lawsuit over the exposure to lead ; another class-action lawsuit over mold abatement ; faulty heating and hot water systems during recent frigid Winter snaps ; revelation made by Progress Queens that NYCHA has, in recent years, been engaged in 25,000 Court cases against its tenants annually ; the Authority’s pattern and practise of evicting or breaking up tenants’ families, sometimes without legal basis but usually alongst racial lines ; and new privatisation deals with real estate developers, who have donated money to the various political committees of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City).

Generally, organisations seek outside directors, such as Mr. Cephas, for specific qualities, such as having no conflicts of interest and offering fresh managerial worldviews. Yet, Mr. Cephas has, during his service, undertaken no public challenge to the growing signs of failed leadership at NYCHA. It is impossible to know what he has done internally, shielded from public view. Mr. Cephas did not answer requests for an interview or for a response from the law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he is a partner and head of its Financial Institutions Regulatory practise group. Prior to joining Weil Gotshal, Mr. Cephas served, for five years, as CEO of Amalgamated Bank, but resigned after he could not execute on a financial plan to double the bank’s profits, according to a report published by Crain’s New York Business. Amalgamated Bank is the largest union-owned bank ; the worldview that Mr. Cephas should be offering NYCHA is one of social responsibility, but that ethos has not been on display.

It is not known whether Federal prosecutors have established whether the senior NYCHA executives, who were aware of the filing of the false certification, included the Board of Directors, and, with them, Mr. Cephas. A preliminary review made by Progress Queens has shown that Mr. Cephas is not so independent as an outside director. Ernie Patron, a former real estate associate of Weil Gotshal, the law firm at which Mr. Cephas is a partner, is now an executive at BFC Partners, a real estate development firm with close political ties to Mayor de Blasio. BFC Partners was one investor selected in secret by NYCHA in 2014 to purchase a stake in a portfolio of project-based, Section 8 housing. A report by Progress Queens showed that it appeared that some of the buildings sold in that portfolio had been renovated in the time leading up to their sale, and that City regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller and the Department of Investigation, were refusing to comment about the terms of the sale. At that time then, NYCHA claimed it could no longer afford the upkeep on the portfolio, but NYCHA officials have not explained why photographs of at least one building showed work scaffolding hanging from the side of one building included in the portfolio. News reports continue to show that politically-connected developers benefit from officials acts by the de Blasio administration that involve the sale, lease, or development of strategic public housing assets. Separately, Progress Queens reported that BFC Partners was chosen to develop 145 new rental units on greenspace in the Ingersoll Houes in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

For the tenants of NYCHA, another winter of their discontent and their justified disgust. And for the idiots in charge and responsible for their security and safety as they wait for the alleged funding to come from the looming luxury towers purported to bail them out, karma and justice cannot come fast and devastating enough for the misery and trauma they have caused with their cognitive dissonance, willful ignorance and defiant arrogance as they live with the toxic elements and fragile environment around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA Takes Responsibility For Misleading Lead Reports By Making Their Tenants Lives Difficult And Propagandizing And Flattering Commissioner Olatoye, Two Queens Town’s Gentrifications Gives Affordable Rent Tenants The Heave-Ho, A 100-Year-Old Woman Getting Pressured To Leave While Incapacitated, And A Guy Convicted By A Judge Of Being An All Around And Actual Scumlord

https://i2.wp.com/www.asafehome.net/SiteGraphics/SMII_BrokenDoorwDeadbolt.jpg Left to right: dramatization of breaking a lock for lead prevention, the “Lead Lady” Shoya Olatoye, senior citizen and tenant Justa Lopez placed on notice, convicted criminal landlord/developer Daniel Melamud.

Looks like the folks at NYCHA and probably their purveyors at city hall might be taking their jobs seriously now after last week’s revelation of covering up bogus lead inspections and infinite other oversights. And they are not showing a millimeter of class about it.

After appointing a redundant position to assure accountability, for real this time, Shoya and her new crack committee decided to take immediate yet invasive action for actual lead inspections by breaking the locks if no one is home at the time. Leading to new aggravation and inconvenience for the suffering tenants who will certainly be at work or picking up kids at school, for this effort will mostly be done mid-afternoon. Also obviously for more costs with replacing locks and making new keys. Though it’s not certain if some deduction from tenants rents will be considered from this moronic bureaucratic decision, as if the year of neglecting to do federal ordered inspections isn’t enough of a price to pay. Or even if the people they hired are even certified professionals, for it turns out that NYCHA did not even vet the contractors assigned to inspect and repaint the units. Fucking grave.

As NYCHA is now a functioning entity on lead extraction, instead of previously being an optical one, they actually have been quite active on asbestos removal. And just has reckless and irresponsible as the agency’s recent approach on lead, as evidenced at the Seward Park Houses on the Lower East Side by the FDR drive. As the contractors they hired for the toxic removal placed contaminant tents on the project’s playground, exactly right next to the jungle gym and a slide, denying the kids of tenants a safe place to have fun for the last 3 months and certainly for the rest of their remaining childhood

Asbestos huts in a dilapidated playground at the Seward Houses. Sick and twisted.

This is absolutely deranged. And it looks like those playthings need a lead inspection and repainting itself, for it looks like it hasn’t been upgraded in a decade. With this revolting development here, this spot looks like prime bait for the odious NextGen plan to take  unused space like this and parking lots for future development of new buildings with market rate rentals with help from the private real estate industry. Which is naturally the case here, as is NextGen being a program for city sanctioned plunder of government property for predator developers.

While this irresponsible misuse of an public funded amenity is outrageous, NYCHA’s asbestos abatement process is standard procedure.

There’s a lot more where this came from, check out this woman’s youtube channel, she’s got over a dozen more documented flagrant offenses and NYCHA cruelty and brazenness. This building, which is in the super trendy world fascination destination Brooklyn™ makes it seem that Steve Croman, Jared Kushner or Daniel Malemud was running NYCHA. (Yeah, who’s Malemud, you’ll see at the end).

Well, it looks like the Commish is starting to feel the pangs of shame from the general public, mostly from the poor, demanding her termination despite the arrogant, obstinate orders from Day Mayor de Faustio demanding that she remain in her undeserved post. And even from the deluded Ms Olatoye herself, who absolutely has not learned a fucking thing, for she has just summoned her staffers to distribute a hilarious petition letter to the suffering tenant associations for them to sign to advocate for her to remain at her job, as she is about to face the city council in a few days:


A blind person can see the defensive nature of this petition. This letter might be the first of it’s kind that was actually commandeered by an executive instead of the normal protocol which involves actual community participation. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty fucking demented. What does Shoya via the petition mean by we? The royal we, maybe.

With this obnoxious self-preservation letter NYCHA again finds the funds, in spite of being $17 billion dollars in debt and being forced to seek the aid of the real estate overlords, to piss away on bureaucratic bullshit instead of making their buildings habitable and depriving the civil and civic rights and peace of mind of it’s residents. As is wont of the perpetually troubled and corrupt agency, for with the dispatching of actual lobbyists at the bidding of Shoya it falls directly in line for their historic usage of lawyers commissioned to boot tenants out into the streets. A NY Daily News story from 2013 showed that NYCHA under the direction of asshole technocrat John Rhea spent as much money and hiring on lawyers (8 million plus at the time for 98 lawyers), that you and their poor tenants they hassled paid for, than they spent on bricklayers (6 million plus at time at a total of 65 workers). And roofers (2 million plus for 29 workers) and exterminators (3.8 million for 90 workers) combined. Surely this is a big factor in the decrepit and decaying conditions of these publicly funded buildings and the ongoing deliberate attempts to dissuade poor citizens from living there.

The crazy lady commissioner apparently is cognizant of the reaming she is going to get even from the self-serving hacks of the city council. The majority of electeds are looking for her removal and it syncs well with prominent members looking to extend their terms in another voter referendum, the third time it’s been considered and a sound trashing would make for great optics among voters, if they show up of course. Despite that, she still has got to go. And go down hard.

Meanwhile in Astoria and Long Island City in Queens, rent-stabilized tenants have been under duress from their stingy and avaricious proprietors for over a year, driven by the hyped cachet and hyperdevelopment in those respective towns and exorbitant rent speculation/fabrication in both. A fire that engulfed the L.I.C. building that forced section 8 tenants to take up shelter with their relatives as the city-ordered repairs and renovations continued to be delayed by the building’s owners, conveniently keeping them away.

The rent-regulated building in Astoria is another quite sordid affair as the tenants there have been in constant battle with a proclaimed Christian non-profit that has ran the building for quite some time now wants to kick all of them out so they can run the place as a homeless shelter. In a morbid twist of irony, the group known as NYSUM, the  claims that they are not making enough money to sustain affordable housing there and would do better if they just house the homeless, which current city policies have turned into a profitable quasi-industry. Just ask some certain hoteliers. To do this, which NYSUM has been doing for almost a year and a half, they have relied on less measured predatory tactics like disconnecting free wifi and hardcore ones like tearing up a garden the tenants cared for and sending goons under the non-profits name to intimidate the tenants.

The tenants there have been persistent and have been able to remain. Unfortunately so is NYSCUM who served them eviction notices. The evil being dealt by the pseudo-Christian group cannot even be measured considering that the people that they are disenfranchising from their homes will certainly be homeless with nowhere to go because of the lunatic market rate induced on their town, and clearly will not be invited back despite being qualified for the non-profits purported mission because of their forced status. That they are causing. NYSCUM is more like it.

In another case of savage cruelty and contempt for the aged, Justa Lopez, a 100-year-old woman and resident of this city for 70 years, received an eviction notice from her landlord accusing her of not being present at her residence even though she got injured from the uneven floor she walks on. If the building management would have repaired the damaged surface they would have noticed her presence, so it seems that refusing service to her is another way, another cheap underhanded tactic to not acknowledge her existence and a deliberate criminal way to gradually force her out. And with her time away from her home getting healed at a nursing home makes her tenancy status conveniently untenable, giving the landlords fabrications of her convalescence at a nursing home then her daughter’s house as an extra residency a warped and technically legal justification to deny to return to her rent-stabilized apartment on the upper east side.

In a little bit of good news and rare justice being served. A landlord tormenting rent-stabilized tenants in a building he ran in Crown Heights in an brutal and common practice attempt to spread gentrification by refusing to turn on heat and gas and doing environmentally hazardous gut renovations on empty apts. of the tenants he bought off causing contaminants to spread throughout the building in daily clouds of lead, got thrown in the slammer for his egregious and nefarious dirty deeds which included grand larceny and forgery for creating shell companies to buy more properties and flip them for profits (sound familiar, Bill? you recall Rivington House?) and falsifying applications to get loans from H.U.D. (sound familiar, Shoya and you too Bill?).

The NY Post determined this vile man with a vile plan guilty plea as a admission of being an unadulterated scumbag. Which if one can humblebrag is a validation of my term for this kind of lowlife and bag of dicks and shit assembled and stitched in human form.

The scumlord phenomenon and scourge might just catch on, and it damn well should to cure the affordability crisis pandemic and give NYCHA executives and this fucking mayor a sense of shame in perpetuity as long as these unnecessary conditions continue for the real affordable housing plan in the 5 boroughs.

 

 

 

Wrath And Weak Persecution Of The Scumlords: Fire Engulfs REAL Affordable Housing Building In The Bronx And Two City Big Shot Realtors Get A Wristslap Fine And A Feeble Prison Term After Yom Kippur.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKvK95ZUIAAYVWE.jpgAffordable housing inferno

Bronx, N.Y.

Residents of 1920 Walton Ave. affordable housing building of the now misnomered town called Mount Hope, mostly working poor, disabled and elderly, woke up early one morning to find their building on fire and their lives upended and out on the street with the clothes on their back. And also with practically no idea of where they will be in the future. Although with the way this city treats the functioning members of society and senior citizens, probably in hotels and motels in the area or in the outer boroughs, despite the city’s claims of keeping them close to their original addresses.

The fire was determined to be accidental by the NYFD because of faulty electrical wiring in the ceiling of the building which is where it ignited and spread on it’s way down to the apartments. Nearly 200 firemen where dispatch to put out the destructive 5-alarm blaze.

It’s easy and understandable to suspect arson, knowing the city’s and the Bronx’s history during it’s worst economic and drug epidemic crisis, but there is no doubt that willful neglect by the current and prior owners led to this tragedy. The building according to DNA, has a notorious history of elevator disrepair going back to 1995 and had prior instances of fire hazard faulty wiring issues. The building, which is currently owned by get this, 1920 Walston Ave. LLC, continued to deny service requests of the tenants, who were clearly too poor and powerless to pay any mind to. And also vulnerable because of the fact that they were lucky enough to be able to live in an apartment at the amount they were paying in a city with maniacal rising rates.

It is not known who or whom consists of 1920 Walton Ave LLC, because it’s base is in Lakewood, N.J. and you need a password to find out. The free newspaper Metro could not even get a hold of these mysterious owners.

The burn about this, no pun intended, is how did this building miss out and did not seem to qualify for Mayor de Faustio’s affordable housing plan for the preservation of such affordable housing. How did this one miss out in the mayor’s promise to end the tale of two cities? This building would have been a shining example if it got the proper attention from the mayor and especially from the perpetually inefficient D.O.B. that for years let this building rot without proper and diligent intervention. This is truly a disgrace and a harbinger of the city’s priorities in their lame version of service or blatant lack of it in helping the lower class and indigent.

It’s too late for the former residents of 1920 Walton, but after years of languishing in hotels before some of the 90 shelters as promised by Mayor Big Slow get built wherever in the Bronx or if they are lucky to win the miniscule affordable apt. lottery in one of his donor’s towers, there is a slight bright side to others trying to maintain and remain in their own affordable apts and that is the recent decisions regarding two mega-developers and their own transgressions; Steve Croman and Icon Realty.

This is Steve.

Steve Croman recently got convicted and sentenced for trying to scam banks with a partner of his for false claims of market rate apts and for 8 years for terrorizing rent-stabilized tenants in the East Village to force them out to execute the scam. This notorious scumbag relied on a sadistic ex-cop to intimidate his fiscally responsible tenants who were not paying enough for living there and in his buildings in East Harlem, by stalking, breaking and entering and reading their mail. He was basically Steve’s economic hit man.

For the amount of time and energy this demon was harassing his tenants with his hired goon, he also used the pioneering abusive tactic of using gut renovation of vacant apts., causing environmental noise and air quality hazards to goad rent-stabilized tenants into leaving and even recent market rate tenants to intimidate them if the speculation gets a little higher for even what they can afford. 8 years is not enough for this kind of evil, and even though it has passed, he certainly did not deserve to observe the Jewish holy days despite paying 3 million to do it. He did get to lose his broker license, but he still gets to reap the rewards of his insidious and heinous labors from his owner status which is less than the 45 million dollars that he was going for but he will still be able to throw a big hedonistic homecoming party in the Hamptons once he gets out and if he survives a shivving.

Steve’s pioneering and monstrous tactics have inspired a comparably young predatory developers in his neck of the metropolis to do the same, only to lead to fiscal punishment for their equally heinous efforts, and it’s not the advisor to the current POTUS (which may be why he was pushing hard through the weekly paper he once owned for Figurehead Trump to win). Icon Realty has been using the same diabolical, contemptible scheme to induce their lower-paying tenants to leave. Although amateurish in comparison, they still mismanaged their buildings enough with roughshod and reckless construction with making the renovations to apts by making them smaller to attract dumb transients to pay the preposterous market rate, in effect causing pervasive dusty conditions and the ceilings below them to crack. Icon also repeatedly shut off the gas on tenants for lengthy periods of time. Instead of hiring a goon to scare residents although they did engage in persistent attempts at buying out their tenants, Icon hired a publicity firm to ward off the hundreds of accusations of shitty treatment they were giving their tenants. Icon also exploited the tragedy of the 119-121 apartment building explosion to force a long time beloved small restaurant Stage to go out of business.

For all the chaos they caused and after years of enabling by the slow process of the justice system, the D.A. in conjunction with the REBNY jesters Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, fined Icon a measly $500,000 to be paid back to the city. Which seems just a pittance after all the misery and inconvenience their intentional and kind of clumsy nefarious acts have caused, which could have been prevented and avoided if the D.O.B. had even a percentage of competence and efficiency. But it seems the speculators for real estate have too much sway and influence that it takes precedence over regulation and enforcement

The lessons and decisions being meted to Steve and Icon are only a temporary fix, and seemingly in tune for the coming elections. The problem with these recent judgements is that these guys should have been investigated a long time ago. Especially the case of those unnamed elusive villains who run and burned 1920 Walton Ave. in Mount Hope. Mostly, these properties should have been priority one in this supposed preserving of affordable housing as well as the NYCHA buildings.

Steve Corman might no longer have control or say anymore over his properties but Icon still does as well as many, many other baby predators. And they all are big contributors to City Hall on Park Row and the State House in Albany. In spite of these recent charges, their records show transgressive recidivism and cannot be trusted. Even though Icon got pinched a little bit from the city, they are still entrusted to preserve the affordable housing they lord over. The only progress is for harsher penalties and longer sentences in prison. Particularly in a cell next to one going under gut renovation for the entirity of his or her term.

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA Reneges On Recent City Funding With Shitty Roof Renovation And Secret Water Toxicity.

 

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Brooklyn, N.Y.

NY Daily News: NYCHA signs off on botched Brooklyn roof repairs that allowed water pooling

A major rehab effort failed to fix the roof of a building at a Brooklyn housing development, but NYCHA still signed off on the job as complete — just one of many failures noted in a city audit to be released Monday.

So when it rained this past Nov. 30, about 5 inches of water pooled on the roof of Building Five at the Lafayette Houses in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The pooling, which remained two days later, can cause leaks, and it’s just the type of problem the rehab of all roofs in the Brooklyn development was supposed to address.

City Controller Scott Stringer’s audit describes a pattern of ineptitude in NYCHA’s struggle to repair its aging buildings. Of NYCHA’s 320 developments, 270 are more than 30 years old and 114 were built before 1967. Lafayette, for example, opened in 1962, the year John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Lafayette was part of a $300 million, three-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to fix roofs throughout public housing. NYCHA paid Universal Construction Resources $10.9 million to rehab roofs on all seven Lafayette buildings.

After the November rainstorm, Stringer’s auditors randomly checked Building Five and found the pooled water. Two days later they found it was still there, contrary to industry standards that require water to drain completely within 48 hours.

Stringer’s team also found minor ponding on the roofs of several other NYCHA developments that had been certified as repaired, including the Sumner Houses in Brooklyn, King Towers in Manhattan and South Beach Houses in Staten Island.

Lafayette was part of a $300 million, three-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to fix roofs throughout public housing. NYCHA paid Universal Construction Resources $10.9 million to rehab roofs on all seven Lafayette buildings.

NYCHA could provide no proof that it had actually inspected the work on Building Five roof two years after the repair was completed, even though the warranty required semiannual inspections.

And because NYCHA didn’t identify the problem within the one-year warranty, the taxpayers are on the hook for the lousy repair job.

This is only the start of the nearly half century long neglect of NYCHA housing, the real affordable housing program. And true to their nature when it comes to actually handling the effects of it, they botch another job they are entrusted with.

This recent oversight and criminally incompetent offense comes just months after a one billion dollars and 10 year renovation budget to repair all of the buildings leaky roofs. But after this recent revelation which came out 10 months later after the fact, the residents of these dilapidated buildings and decrepit, neglected apartments probably will look at this allocation with collective apprehension. Mostly it will entail buying extra pots and pans. Hey, maybe they will be dispensed as new amenities to go along with the free Wifi as part of the encompassing new budget.

With this exhibition of gross indifference the spread of more mold and other infrastructure damage from shorting light fixtures to ceiling collapses and wall damage leading to new egress for rodents and roaches of unusual size. It’s going to take another 300 million to fix the damages caused by the roof that they dismissively thought was sound.

How can something of such expenditure and magnitude, especially coming from an administration that is so (but mostly feigns) concern for the less fortunate and from an government organization that is indebted and responsible for the tenancy. Well, look no further than a decision by NYCHA commissioner and technocrat Shoya Olatoye leveled on the Department of Investigation. Ms. Olatoye decided to kill funding for city’s independent inspector general in charge of regulating the housing authority just to save a comparably measly 200 grand. The timing of this decision is equally awful and suspicious.

NY Daily News: NYCHA rejects funding boost for inspector general who discovered fraud, corruption at agency

Last month, Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye notified DOI Commissioner Mark Peters she would not grant his request for an extra $199,000, bringing the NYCHA IG’s total budget from $3.3 million to $3.5 million.

In an April 13 letter to Olatoye obtained by the News, Peters notes that last year his office uncovered $6.5 million in fraud, opened 270 investigations and developed 53 criminal cases involving NYCHA staff and tenants.

The inspector general has also issued three critical reports about NYCHA mismanagement, including a stunning revelation that a caretaker falsely claimed smoke detectors were functioning shortly before a fire engulfed an apartment and killed two children.

This may be why this leaky roof report is so late.

Housing Authority spokeswoman Zodet Negron made clear the agency’s historic money crunch was the rationale for the decision. “NYCHA is facing crippling budget cuts ahead that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents, Negron said.

So, the way to save and reallocated funding is to fire the guy responsible for pointing out the profligate waste and corruption in the system.

The answer to such opaqueness and obfuscation being employed and encouraged in the NYCHA higher echelons is to take matters in your own hands. Without resorting to threats to city workers like what happened recently. But even that is, of course unsurprisingly, a tall order. Take the trials and tribulations of reporter Louis Flores who runs the local borough blog Progress Queens, he has been chronicling for few years on the amount of lead in the water service of lines of NYCHA buildings via FOIL requests and discovered a disturbing increase in the toxicity and lead levels over the last four years which included the over threshold amount of 15 parts per billion, which was the amount found in the drinking water of the city of Flint, Michigan.

Mr. Flores found 13 housing projects that exceeded the safe amount from 10 to 100 times.

  • Metro Plaza North, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan : 1,249 ppb
  • Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Crown Heights, Brooklyn : 947 ppb
  • Berry Houses, Staten Island : 675 ppb
  • Forest Hills Co-Op, Forest Hills, Queens : 541 ppb
  • Vladeck II Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 99 ppb
  • White Houses, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan: 89 ppb
  • Ravenswood Houses, Astoria, Queens : 88 ppb
  • Vladeck Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 53 ppb
  • Haber Houses, Coney Island, Brooklyn : 39 ppb
  • Drew-Hamilton Houses, Harlem, Manhattan : 37 ppb
  • Woodside Houses, Woodside, Queens : 32 ppb
  • Queensbridge South Houses, Long Island City, Queens : 17 ppb
  • Vladeck Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 17 ppb

Mr. Flores also found in his request of many buildings below the lead contamination amount but still above 5 ppb, which according to reports from the Flint scandal, is still toxic enough to be a health hazard.

This even got the attention of Attorney General Preet Bharara, as it got included in his investigation on de Blasio’s multifaceted and multi-pronged pay to play shadow government administration.

Alas, A.G. Bharara got sacked by Figurehead Trump on the advice of his shyster advisers which put the end of the case of the Teflon mayor away for good. And now the Department of Environmental Protection has watered down (absolutely pun intended) the most recent FOIL request by Progress Queens with redactions and incompletions, with the standout refusal for determining water service toxicity in a housing project in East Harlem. Kismet works in amazing ways, especially for vile scummy people.

So now the residents of the projects have to deal with water they don’t want from the skies seeping from their apt. ceilings to the tainted water they need to drink, cook and bathe.

It ceases to amaze the outright stupidity and arrogance that continues unabated regarding NYCHA management, especially from the top. And especially in this maniacal age of real estate speculation. For even the technocrats at NYCHA want a seat at the table of the Gentrification Industrial Complex. Mr. Flores thoroughly reported last year how certain NYCHA buildings got repairs before contracts were awarded to a consortium of private developers and their shell organizations. Which adds tons of credence to the author’s theory that the gradual destruction of public housing and the displacement and disenfranchisement of poor people is definitely intentional. Which is immensely helped by the transparent duplicity of Mayor De Faustio and his continued boot licking to the real estate pogrom.

As for NYCHA, it may be the biggest scumlord of all. Each year there is the list for the 100 worst landlords, which for some reason, the same people are on the fucking chart year after year instead of being banished from owning and running buildings or serving a prison sentence. But NYCHA is a government service. It’s a service that should be taken for granted like social security or universal health care if it existed. It should be treated with the same reverence and care as a military base and even more than any embassy house. And it continues to betray the citizenry as if management feels they aren’t worthy of dignity or security because of what they are deemed to be worth.

This is not a cynical rant, it is a veritable fact. And this maltreatment is going to continue for another decade going by these egregious and incompetent official acts.

Comptroller Stringer should give his endorsement to Bill De Faustio a extremely long second thought.

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: Pine Management’s Imbecilic Effort To Force Senior Citizens To Use Fire Escape For Egress And A Volatile Super Installs Pointy Spikes On A Entrance Path Ledge Seating

At a building on 165 West 83rd st., a walk up apartment building undergoing renovation attempted to force their tenants, the majority of them rent-stabilized and senior citizens, to use a fire escape for a week as they finish replacing the stairs.

The developer and owner, Pine Management, has quite a record of tormenting their tenants and is currently under investigation by the A.G. Eric Schniederman, stemming from an incident in December when Pine attempted to evict a 94 year old man from his apartment so they can convert it into two market rate apartments. The notorious company has a terrible rating in tenant review poll websites.

So it’s no surprise at all that they would try something as morally bankrupt as this. One would assume that a developer with hundreds of properties in the richest borough would at least arrange to have them stay at hotels while still collecting the legal rent as they finish repairs, but no, it’s easier to make peoples lives difficult. Especially the aged people, who mostly don’t have the stamina or even the training to achieve such athletic feats like jumping for that ladder to slide it down. And walking down that staircase with all that exposure from the grating of the ground below can be quite intimidating.

,Even though the DOB did react fast after this was exposed on the local news and streaming video, which is the only occasion they do, to put an immediate stop work order on the site, Pine Mgmt. apparently still feels secure that they can get away with such egregious and sadistic treatment of their tenants and denying their basic civil and human rights to even issue complaints without fear of reprisal.

What is not even addressed is the sheer stupidity of their zeal to discourage and disenfranchise their tenants. That if the only way to enter and exit is through fire escape, surely the ladder will be down for easy access most of time which will certainly encourage criminals to either burglarize their apts. or even rape the women there all hours of the day.

Despite the halting of the “renovation” and even ensuing litigation against Pine Mgmt., they seem to be secure in the fact that they will not see any punishment or strict punitive charges for their actions, which is why they can place sadistic orders like this like some kind of cartoon villain tethering his fingers.

Meanwhile, in Kew Gardens, Queens; A superintendent for an apartment building at 118th st. and 84th ave. under orders by the landlord, Perrone Calogero , to implement a nasty and menacing looking row of spike strips onto concrete ledges designed for seating on the path to the building’s entrance. These strips are commonly used by parking lots to discourage delinquent customers from skipping payment and punk rockers and death metal bands to make their attire look mean.

As per the usual process of creative renovations and modernizations of these properties, the spikes were placed there without notification and the input of the tenants of the building. Leading to inevitable and justified indignation about the unsightly dangerous new additions, and overwhelming concern of children frolicking up and down the path. In the video you can see a little girl about to place her hand on the ledge like out of habit.

Needless to say, as CBSNewYork tried to get some valid reasons from the super about the strips, they got muscled off as the thug attacked the cameraman with the grace of a club bouncer.

The reasons supplied by the management for this medieval ornamentation is discourage skateboarders and raccoons, but according to tenants there have been no such witnessing of these things. And in the age of uploading videos on myriad platforms, there certainly would have been footage of these alleged rogue trespassers.

As these diabolical attempts to stress out tenants of modest and poor status, Pine Mgmt. and Perrone obviously feel secure that they will not be punished or perhaps don’t care if they are.

And why not, there has been too much corruption in the past 3 years under Mayor De Faustio involving the Gentrification Industrial Complex’s developers and their goons and flunkies like that syphillic pussy that attacked the reporter, trying to force people out and bring in a new young sucker demographic to pay the fabricated market rates, that they will go to even more sadistic and demonic means to coax poorer people to move. This has become standard procedure and it’s actually encouraged by p.r. adviser groups.

And there are so so many of them, it’s a shock they actually got those lowlife Israel brothers and Steve Croman, the latter who only got busted because he tried to cheat the banks. Jared Kushner was doing the same shit for years in the East Village and was lucky enough that his poppop-in-law became predisent. The construction as harassment tactics employed by Kushner is the model clearly being used by Pine Mgmt. displayed above.

So these two property runners, despite government intervention and T.V. exposure, will probably continue their stupid demonic ways. For the rental market continues to rise, young people, national and foreign, are coming to New York in droves, which makes speculation easy to exploit and fabricate and the scumlords will find even more creative and destructive methods for their quest for personal monetary gains.

We’re going to need a bigger, better and badder enforcer to stop these property pimps.

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: Slimy Disservice And Tactics At Seagirt 711, Displaced Elmhurst Residents Demand Independent Monitor

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The 711, Rockaway Beach.

On the gorgeous yet still gritty shores of Far Rockaway, there sits a beachfront apartment complex on 711 Seagirt Avenue called the Sandcastle, and it actually resembles one. Actually four, the color of the brick buildings matches the sand just feet away from the lots. But aesthetics is not what this is about. This is about another story about people, in this case elderly people, being undermined, mistreated, intimidated and expendable by the perpetrating owners and more indifference by elected higher-ups.

A report by the local paper “The Wave” focused on the “711”, a building marketed and designed for senior citizens, and the myriad problems consuming the building and the frustrations and complaints from the tenants. Insufficient and inefficient security conditions abound with broken intercoms and no guard personnel (the listing for the building states that it has a doorman and conceirge), leading to strangers roaming and suspected drug dealing in the halls and staiways all day and night, and homeless people settling in the concierge area. And of course there are pressing maintenance problems that get ignored.

The management of the complex, Sarasota Gold LLC, according to stressed-out residents has never made a concerted effort to show up for tenant meetings.

It’s a safe bet that the only effort the mysterious gentlemen (and maybe a few token women) of this LLC is to discourage the people from living there. And being that they are at an advanced age and vulnerable, it’s practically easy pickings. Now why does this seem quite nefarious, because these are the usual brass tactics of avaricious landlords when an area suddenly becomes “hot” or “cool” like Rockaway has become in the past 5 years. West of the 711 has seen a lot of development up the boardwalk with sleek new towers, a major upscale “hip” hotel, and actual luxury condo buildings on 116th street. But more essentially, a massive and still shocking and ludicrous expensive designer food and craft brew culture scene.

Basically, Sarasota is just conducting savage business as usual as was done in other areas consisting of working poor, retired and even middle class (there are just too many to name right now). And now it’s Rockaway’s turn, especially now that the boardwalk is complete and ferry service has returned. For the goal of the Gentrification Industrial Complex is to turn the entire 5 boroughs into a luxury theme park for the disposable income transients and transplants to our state. The G.I.C. turned Brooklyn into a brand and now it’s Queens’ turn.

So why not put a scare into old people and let the place rot from the inside and outside. Hell, NYCHA has been doing this for decades, sure the feds didn’t provide them enough funding, but the money they got from them and the city they found ways to piss it away. They don’t spend enough money anymore, well mostly because they can’t, and maybe because they won’t, being that they have to spend on other things, like medicine and food they can afford. They are unable to ride bikes like the target and favored demographic does.

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The Martnique Plaza before some idiot blazed it.

Meanwhile in Elmhurst,  hundreds of people displaced when a fire engulfed their apartment building, the Martinique Plaza, ignited by an idiot contractor using a torch and propane which were forbidden for the work he was assigned to do, are demanding to appoint an independent monitor to determine the feasibility and the improvements of their homes.

The tenants were moved to hotels (thanks Mayor De Faustio, the only good aspect of your homeless policy) and later moved to shelters when they found the hotels environment to be unsafe and repressive (so much for that, these hotels aren’t even good for a night or two, what they are actually meant and exist for). Since then, they have organized and are very shrewd and quite cognizant of the methods and motives of landlords borough-wide and are very concerned of being disenfranchised from their dwellings. A good reason for their justified skepticism is that the buildings management offered them to move to new apartments if they don’t sue, a bigger reason is that they hired that imbecile who forced them on the streets, and the hugest reason is their superintendent initially lied about the schmuck on the roof until the NYFD came.

The good news is that the building management is being a bit more cooperative. Still, they tried to discourage them and that’s still scummy. It took some nifty assembling and good counseling by the tenants to put their balls on the coals. The folks at the 711 got a harder and higher dune to climb because of their presence on fabricated high end real estate and are relying on some guy running for public advocate.

Speaking of advocacy, where is Letitia ” Fatty Fat Fat” James? Or Councilman Donovan Richards, who was last seen crowing about the Mott St shopping center redevelopment,  or even their congressman Gregory “Squatter” Meeks? The 711 is practically under siege and people who spent their whole lives working, paying taxes so they can live near the nice beach are afraid to open their doors and go outside to enjoy it. And the owners and management are not only avoiding the building but letting the wolves run amuck. And these are elderly people for christsakes

This has been asked before and will be asked over and over. Does someone have to get killed first to get the services needed?