Wrath Of The Scumlords: Grifter And Predator Landlord Swindled All Three New York City Housing Agencies For Eight Years

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A Far Rockaway man was charged for defrauding government rental assistance programs by renting out dilapidated apartments he did not own to families in need, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Paul Fishbein, 47, faces wire and mail fraud charges for allegedly falsely claiming to be the owner and landlord of 20 rental properties, mostly in the Bronx, while collecting government subsidies and evicting tenants over the course of eight years, according to the Southern District of New York.

“As alleged, Paul Fishbein not only took advantage of New Yorkers in need, he also defrauded city and federal government programs designed to help these very people,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “Fishbein allegedly lied about ownership of residential properties, fraudulently took rent subsidies and other benefits from those government housing programs, and often evicted tenants without cause from housing that was substandard in any event. Now Paul Fishbein is in custody and facing serious federal charges for his alleged fraud and exploitation.”

According to a complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, Fishbein allegedly lied about owning the properties beginning in 2013 based on forged deeds. He then allegedly rented the properties to homeless and low- to moderate-income families through rental assistance programs operated by three city agencies — NYCHA, the Human Resources Administration and Housing Preservation & Development — and collected money, including federal funds, as the purported owner and landlord of the properties.

The complaint estimates Fishbein defrauded the three city agencies out of about $1.5 million, including more than $270,000 in federal funds. In addition to taking payments, Fishbein allegedly faked using a broker to rent out the properties and kept certain broker’s fees for himself that the HRA issued as payment.

Fishbein is also accused of faking financial eligibility for Medicaid since at least 2014, the complaint says. He allegedly told the HRA he worked at a company where his total income was about $150 a week — or $600 a month — when he in actuality made hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Prosecutors allege Fishbein received nearly $50,000 in Medicaid benefits to which he was not entitled to as part of his scheme.

Since he’s back on the streets after posting a $250,000 for his bail, on behalf of this predatory landlord, I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor And Commissioners for Housing Alicia Glen and Vicki Been, NYCHA commissioners Shoya Olatoye and Gregory Russ and Steven Banks for letting this poverty pimp personally profit immensely from the homeless and affordable housing crisis and the continuing privatization enabling demolition by neglect of public housing, making him wealthy enough to walk free in society again, even for a little while.

Scenes Of Queens: And Now A Word From Our Slumlord Mercenary Sponsor…

This heinous predatory advertisement is hanging, or more appropriately and ironically squatting rent free on the railing of the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line on Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park. This enterprise probably and presumably illegally hung this up here assuming that the eviction moratorium will expire on schedule on the new year.

What kind of person would call an eviction hotline during a pandemic and while another outbreak is happening? The kind that would get the number from a scuzzy billboard on an dilapidated and long dead transit line.

This scene was captured over a week ago, December 2020.

New Bad Days 70: College Freshman Murdered In Cold Blood On The Steps Of Crime Ridden Park; Teenage Girl Runs From Lunatic And Gets Hit By A Car; A Man Gets Lynched For A Dollar And Dies Later; Subway Mayhem Goes Viral With A Brawl And An Explosion; App-Food Deliveries Get Sabotaged With Cellphone And E-Motored Cycle Theivery; Council Speaker Gets Cops To Do His Bidding To Fuck With A Homeless Woman; Drunk Ladies Fall Under A Train While Stumbling On Their Pumps, One Dies; Muslim Neighborhood Watch Patrol Roughs Up A Boy And Earns The Wrath Of The Bloods Who Beat Down A Random Muslim Man; A Drunk Man Beats Down A Cop And A Woman Slaps Three Women And Both Get Released Hours Later; Boy Stabbed Going Through Turnstile Running Away From A Gang; Monster Wind Turbine Couldn’t Stand The Weather And Crashes; Anti-Semetic Assaults Rise Up Along With More Shootings, More Slashings And Stabbings, More Robberies, More Sexual Assaults, More Traffic Chaos, More Gang Violence, More Muggings Of The Elderly, More Fighting On The Streets And Murders Cracking 300 For The Year In New York Fucking City

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2019 ended with a rise in four major categories:

Robberies went up by 3.1 % (probably stemming from cellphone theft from peoples dependence on them for purchases and also addiction to texting and binge watching)

Assaults are up 1.4% (due to sudden rise of attacks based on anti-Semitism)

There were 766 total shootings a rise of 2.9% from 2019 and murders cracked the 300 mark in three years with a total 318 in the safest big city in the world

One evening in December, one murder would wind up getting international attention.

Manhattan

In Morningside Park, an 18-year-old woman, Barnard college student and bass player went for a walk in the park nearby her school and then was attacked and brutally beaten on the base of the stairs in a robbery attempt and was stabbed multiple times all over her body. The woman crawled up the stairs while bleeding profusely that got the attention of a patrol guard by Columbia University who just came back from doing his rounds. A butterfly knife and a phone belonging to her were found next to her body. The woman bled to death hours later.

What was initially described in the NY Daily News and NY Post as an attack by a group of men was debunked when the NYPD arrested a 13-year-old boy suspect that reportedly confessed to being an accomplice to the murder. The boy told investigators that he was with his two friends, both 14, and was just looking to rob people. He said they came upon the woman after his friends saw a man and didn’t bother with him and went after her. The boy then recounted his friend putting her in a headlock and going through her pockets then stabbed her when she fought back and bit his other accomplice on the finger.

One of the boys was also arrested but was released for lack of evidence, and the boy suspected of committing the murder reportedly showed up to the precinct for an interview but ran away and was out of state for weeks. The NYPD then put up his picture for publishing in the local papers and websites. He finally returned to Harlem with his relatives and met with the defense attorney and was subsequently not charged and released, as the boy in custody remains the only one charged with the killing even though he claimed he never stabbed her. Although he alleged in his account of the homicide that he did pick up the knife and handed it to the alleged killer before they both ran from the park. Then there is part where the victim bit the boys finger that led to the stabbing, so far no DNA report has surfaced of the suspect who just resurfaced. The lone suspect is still imprisoned in a juvenile facility as he awaits trial in family court in March, as the killer is still roaming on the streets.

As the search for the murder weapon on the parks grounds and ponds were fruitless, the NYPD has been extremely cautious in handling this. The chief of detectives, on his first week on the job, refused to respond on the progress of the homicide case (although he did reveal that the third suspect never did run away when he was brought to the precinct). In a combination of trepidation and stonewalling, it’s clear that the NYPD and prosecutors don’t want this to turn into a Central Park five case from exactly 30 year ago that will cost the city another 50 million dollars.

Mayor de Blasio’s response to the murder from his crooked mouth was moronic and tone-deaf as expected, as he remarked how unbelievable that a killing like that could have happened in this city and under his watch at that place (his actual sentence structure). But as usual with the pathological, habitual lying mayor; the facts on the ground belie those parsing words. Because Morningside Park is still treacherous to walk around there at night (and day) despite all the constant reports and press release boasts of lowering crime in the last two decades as robberies have rose 82% in the park in the last year.

In fact, just a few weeks before Tessa Majors murder in Morningside Park, a man was attacked inside a dog park by a man who attempted to hold him up at knifepoint, but the man clocked him in the face and the suspect ran away as the man fell down a flight of stairs after the tussle. Outside of the park a food delivery man was held by two men brandishing a knife and a gun and robbed his scooter, $60 and his cellphone. During the search of the park a few days after the murder, cops nabbed a man for holding up an app-food delivery guy and stealing his bike.

But it’s not just the usually clueless mayor to cite to blame, for Columbia and Barnard were not diligent enough to warn students about the rise in crime in Morningside Park, as students either had to hear from more streetwise students or presume it was safe probably because of the safest big city narrative being constantly bandied about by elected officials and NYPD monthly pressers and parroted by corporate local news media.

Speaking of the NYPD, the NY Post did a followup story on rising crime at Morningside Park with a student from Columbia who was attacked on those very same steps where Ms. Majors was slayed, when three boys surrounded him and robbed $120 off him when one of them flashed a box cutter at him. This was his recollection:

“They asked me where I was from and if I had any money. At first, I didn’t think they were threatening me, so I told them I didn’t have any money. Then, they showed me an open knife, so I gave them my wallet and they took my money,” Yu told The Post Friday from his Harlem apartment.

“I was surprised this happened to me. Before I came, I heard that New York is pretty safe, but I encountered these things and it’s really unfortunate.”

When Yu went to the NYPD to report the incident, he was told “several people” had been robbed at the same place “by the same teenagers” but cops couldn’t do much about it because “they aren’t adults.”

“When I heard about the girl who was killed, I thought it was the same group of teenagers, and I was scared,” the student went on, adding he plans to take the campus shuttle from now on.

Do you know what this really means? That if Tessa Majors survived the mugging instead of bleeding to death on the stairs and being that the accused are all minors, the NYPD would have done nothing to help her.

It means that the NYPD is culpable for the death of Tessa Majors.

As well as New York City and State for these misinformed and poorly written bail reform laws and quite possibly the unethical machinations that led to ratifying the eventual closing of Rikers Island. But mostly the culpability of Majors death and any recent past and current victim of violent crime is on de Blasio and the departed commissioners William Bratton and James O’Neill for continuing the blue wall of insouciance.

In Midtown, concrete from a building facade broke off and landed on a woman walking on the sidewalk, instantly killing her. The woman was a professional architect. The building was cited for maintenance violations of the facade back in April and the management never bothered to fix it.

Also in Midtown at the 34th St. Station, a man drunk off his ass fell off the platform onto to tracks just as the E train arrived and rolled over him. The man survived.

Again in Midtown at the 49th St. Station, a brawl between two homeless men led to one of them getting his fingertip bitten off.

And again in Midtown, ice falling off a tower led to streets being closed off for hours.

And again in Midtown at the Port Authority Station, a man snatched $70 out of 10-year-old girl’s hand when she was helping her blind mother sort out the cash in her wallet.

And again in Midtown, a man punched and kicked a 65-year-old man on the street and then called him a bigoted slur.

And again in Midtown, a homeless man took advantage of Jeff Bezo’s supermarket generous offer of free samples from his hot bar by taking hefty morsels from the trays and filling it in his cup and licking his fingers before reaching for grub again as employees gawked and guffawed watching him.

In East Harlem, a man who is an unlicensed driver hit and killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his mother after she was crossing the street while pushing him in a stroller.

Also in East Harlem, a man was shot twice in the face while standing on the street.

Again in East Harlem, a 70-year-old man was dead for a week inside an apartment he shared with his 30-year-old son, who was taken from the premises for medical examination because he was malnourished.

And again in East Harlem, a man got killed by a truck jaywalking across the street. The driver was drunk at the time.

In Harlem, a man went on a 20 minute perverted fondling spree as he stalked three women while loitering at the 145th Station. First he grabbed a woman’s ass after following her for two blocks, then he grabbed a woman in her coochie walking back to the station and then grabbed a woman while she was walking on the steps to the station and grabbed her ass and threw her down.

He’s also been cited for four more molestations at the St Nicholas Ave Station and on a street corner in three of them where he threw one victim against the fence and ripped her tights off.

Also in Harlem, a man got shot four times getting hit in his leg and stomach following a street hassle with four other men on a street corner.

Again in Harlem, two construction workers were dangling on a broken lift that fell while working on a building development.

And again in Harlem, three people got injured when two cars they were in collided into each other, sending an SUV careening to the sidewalk and crashing into a pharmacy and a city housing department car crashing into a building scaffold.

And again in Harlem at the 125th St. Station, a man randomly shoved a man onto the train tracks. The victim was rescued by other commuters who pulled him out. The pusher man made a scene and yelled at the prosecutor during his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse when all his nearly 60 prior arrests were pointed out to him, including the nine times from 2019 alone.

And again in Harlem, a homeless man lying down on the street got killed when a car ran over him.

And again in Harlem, a man was found dead inside his apartment.

And again in Harlem, a man was found dead on the fire escape of an apartment building.

And again in Harlem, a man got shot to death inside a hotel after having an argument with his eventual killer.

And again in Harlem at the 125th Station, a man jumped on the tracks and was digging for treasure/refuse around the third rail. When the man found his trash booty, two men got into a brawl on the platform and the victor threw his rival onto the trackbed.

In Times Square, at the 42nd St. Station, a man got into an argument with another man who was with his wife and then brawled with him and stabbed him in the neck on the A train.

Also in Times Square, a man got stabbed in the leg following a street fight and staggered into a hotel claiming he was shot.

In the Upper West Side at the 103rd St. Station, a shopping cart left abandoned on the platform was lit on fire and exploded. Some psycho left a bunch of aerosol cans inside of it. Was this the work of some mental case or raw terrorist test plan?

Also in the Upper West Side, a gang of four men committed ten burglaries in seven residence and three restaurants where they robbed over $5,200 in cash. They broke into apartments and businesses by entering through a back door and on the rooftops.

Again in the Upper West Side, a homeless woman clobbered a 70-year-old woman on the head with a block of wood. This perpetrator has been dwelling in that area for months.

In the Upper East Side, a man hassled a man sitting in his car and yelled at him, then he took out a knife and chased him around his car. Then he walked down the avenue and  sucker punched a woman in the face while she was looking at her cellphone. He then walked east cross town and intentionally bumped into a man and woman on the sidewalk and raise his knife and threatened them.

Also in the Upper East Side at the 86th St. Station on Lexington, a man shoved a woman on the floor of the 4 train and robbed her cellphone.

Again in the Upper East Side, a man got killed riding his bike as he was about to exit the transverse in Central Park when he slipped on ice and a school bus ran over him.

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Again in the Upper East Side, a man called another man a jew bastard and then continued slurring him as he beat him down on the sidewalk.

 

In Columbus Circle, massive chunks and blades of ice fell from the two new Billionaire Row towers to streets. Surprisingly, only one person got injured. The towers are still being developed.

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In Hell’s Kitchen, two men robbed 22 app-food delivery workers of their e-motored cycles by cornering them as they are dropping off orders and spraying pepper spray in their faces in a three month mugging spree. All while riding around on e-motored cycles themselves.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a man was gruesomely killed as he was crossing the street when a private garbage recycling truck driver hit him while failing to yield turning into the intersection.

In Penn Station, a man got stabbed during a fight with another man during rush hour by the Amtrak station entrance.

In Chelsea, a man shoplifting three cases of beer from a chain pharmacy (pharmacy that sells beer, hysterical) pulled out a dirty syringe and threatened the store manager that tried to stop him, enabling the crook to flee with the cervezas.

Also in Chelsea, a homeless woman and her trusty dog were forcibly removed from a spot under a building scaffolding where she was taking shelter from the elements on the orders of New York City Council Speaker and Mayoral Candidate Corey Johnson, a man who was once homeless himself.

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The woman was given an ultimatum to go into a shelter or have her belongings taken and destroyed and given a summons. Weeks before this bumrush ordered by Cojo, the woman was sexually harassed by a man who kept persisting and her dog mauled the deviant.

Again in Chelsea, a cop got injured when his patrol car lost control and crashed into three other vehicles the flipped over while responding to an emergency. Probably responding to a homeless person keeping warm napping under a scaffolding.

In Chinatown, a man taking a cigarette break slipped off the roof a building and fell six stories to his death.

Also in Chinatown, a man robbed a little dog that was sitting in a car as his owner was ordering food in a restaurant.

In Soho, a man tried to flee from police in pursuit of him and got caught after trying to maneuver in backed up traffic by the Holland Tunnel exit.

Also in Soho, a bunch of young adults dressed like Kringle hopped the turnstiles at the Houston-Lafayette St. Station.

Again in Soho at the Houston/Lafayette Station, a man went berzerk and yelled at a 78-year-old woman and her 80-year-old husband for accidentally bumping into him while boarding the F train. He then accused them of racism and kept jabbing at them with his umbrella, stabbing the elderly man in his ear.

And again in Soho, a woman got killed while crossing the street when a driver backed his box truck into her on the crosswalk.

And again in Soho, a woman partying on an apartment building rooftop with her friends attempted to hop to another rooftop by walking on cover connecting them and fell ten feet when it collapsed under her, causing her to be trapped between the gap of the  buildings as her friends forgot about her.

In the Lower East Side, a man and a woman sneaked into an apartment building and stole a bike that was locked to a pole with a cable that was weaker than a shoelace.

Also in the Lower East Side, two men got caught shoplifting bags of M&M’s and one of them pulled a knife on a worker who tried to stop them.

And again in the Lower East Side, an argument between two men in front of the LaGuardia Houses escalated when one of them stabbed the other in the chest.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man bashed another man over his head with a bottle to win an argument in a bar.

In the East Village, a domestic dispute between a man and a woman in her apartment gruesomely escalated when the man threw two dogs out the window. The dogs froze to death in a yard.

In Greenwich Village, a man reported missing for 3 days was found dead behind an apartment building he fell off the top from.

In the West Village, two men knocked off an app-food delivery man off his e-motored cycle and rode away on it. The men then snatched another e-motored cycle that was left unlocked. Both motorcycles were collectively worth $3,600

In Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, a man thrust his pelvis on the backside of a woman on the 5 train and continued molesting her, then stalked her on the train when she tried to avoid him. The deviant was just released from prison a month ago after serving time for prior sexual abuse incidents and this marked the 55th time he got arrested for his lascivious acts.

Also in Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, a 2 year-old-boy got killed when he slipped off the platform and fell under the arriving 2 train.

Again in Downtown Manhattan, a reporter for a corporate news network got caught with a crackpipe in his pocket at a courthouse.

And again in Downtown Manhattan at the Brooklyn Bridge Station, a man mugged two women in four days. The first one when she was going up the stairs as he snatched her purse and robbed her debit card, then the second one where he grabbed her purse as she was entering the revolving door turnstile and held her up at knifepont while he was inside with her and made off with 25 bucks.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a woman wanting to sit down on the 4 train got yelled at by a woman who was hogging space. The rejected woman then sat across from her and had a conversation with her friend in Hebrew which set the paranoid seat glomming woman off and started yelling bigoted slurs and threats at her. When the woman who was subjected to her abuse filmed her tirades on her phone, the crazy bigot grabbed her face and cut her cheek with her nails.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a prisoner attacked a C.O. and beat him down breaking his nose and damaging his eye socket.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a bunch of prisoners filmed a rap video inside the Tombs despite rules banning cellphones during processing and in the cells. When the first day of Christmas came, C.O.’s did a surprise contraband search and found thick baggies of weed, loose cigarettes, vapes, cellphone chargers, cellphones, and for some reason barbeque sauce.

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It kind of makes you wonder if these low rung criminals are able to stash this stuff in cubby hole spots in the Tombs, imagine what some rogue federal official would be able to leave behind for a mercenary killer to pick up and use on an international person of interest in a understaffed prison with exhausted and jaded C.O.’s like the Manhattan Correctional Complex a block away on Centre St.

Barbeque sauce?

In Herald Square, a 165-year-old boy shot a security guard with an air gun at Macy’s while he was about to get searched for shoplifting over $700 worth of merchandise.

Also in Herald Square, service on 2 lines were delayed because a pencil got jammed in a door on the W (TF) train.

In Kips Bay, a man who looks like Arnold Horschack broke into a Yeshiva college and set off three fires as students were sleeping in their dorms. The man was released by a judge and then got busted in Staten Island vandalizing property knocking down fences at residents homes, this time looking like current Howard Stern.

In Washington Heights, a man walked into a mosque with a hand truck and robbed a safe containing $1,500.

In Inwood, a fire in an apartment building spread from the second to the sixth floor, killing a boy.

Also in Inwood, three men busted into an apartment a woman was renting as a hotel room and held her at gunpoint then robbed her designer wallet and credit cards.

Queens

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In Richmond Hill, a man loitering by the steps of the 111 St. Station yelling at various people passing by focused his attention on a 14-year-old girl and menaced and threatened her, compelling her to run. Then he followed and chased after her, causing her to run onto the street and getting hit by a car, leaving her legs with serious injuries. The girl’s father, a fireman at a nearby station house was sent to respond to this incident on a 911 call, showed up immediately and carried her to safety. The man above has been previously diagnosed as a schizophrenic and has over a dozen prior arrests. The girl’s father has called out incoming Queens D.A. Melinda Katz to administer justice to make sure his daughter’s attacker doesn’t get back on the streets and accused the prosecutor of being negligent.

Also in Richmond Hill, a man arguing with a man who made a pass at his girlfriend  at a bar escalated as they took their beef outside. During the brawl, the man then punched the man and caused him to land on his head on the pavement, the impact from the hit killed him a few weeks later.

In Jamaica, a couple that just left a grocery store got confronted by two men who held them up at gunpoint and went into their pockets and stole two cellphones and a wallet. A week later they confronted then threatened a man on the sidewalk and robbed his watch and jewelry.

Also in Jamaica, a man got killed by a car in a used car lot when it backed up over him from being turned on remotely.

In South Jamaica, a mailman found three men sitting in his postal truck and then the trio ganged up on him and pushed him to the ground and stole his cellphone. Wonder if they know they committed a federal crime by attacking him.

Also in South Jamaica, a man was found dead lying in front of a building.

In Ozone Park, hundreds of slot machines have gotten their windows smashed by frustrated gamblers at Resorts World and one evening the management decided to make a scapegoat out of one customer. The tacky casino’s stingy machines have led to 500 people getting arrested for criminal mischief since the glamorous dump opened in 2011.

Also in Ozone Park, a man jumped over a fence and broke into a parked truck in a backyard and stole $260.

Again in Ozone Park, a man got killed crossing the street by a hit and run driver.

In Astoria, a man walked into a deli, shoved his hand in his jacket to feign a gun and robbed $750.

Also in Astoria, a woman was found dead inside an apartment at the Ravenswood Houses.

Again in Astoria, a man broke into an elderly man’s home and stole $9,000 from his bedroom.

And again in Astoria, two men got shot in a hail of bullets on the street, as the both got hit in their leg and arm.

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In Long Island City, a man in a stolen car got it stuck on the Pulaski Bridge when he drove it on the pedestrian path and got jammed in the middle. The city’s reaction to prevent another moronic breach like that was to put a yellow plastic stick in the middle of the path’s entrance.

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Also in Long Island City, a man was pulled over by a trooper at the Midtown Tunnel entrance for driving in a truck only lane and then the driver hit the gas and gunned for the tunnel in the left lane as the cop got in his car and raced after him  The man sideswiped and wrecked five other vehicles during the high speed pursuit and injured 3 people including his girlfriend who riding shotgun. After initially refusing to comply he surrendered after the cop drew his weapon. Turns out the perp wasn’t licensed and the car was stolen and was rented on a social media photo sharing app.

In Ridgewood, a 66-year-old man got killed when he got hit by car while crossing the street.

Also in Ridgewood, a gang of four men were running after a car heading down the street and one of them shot at it.

Again in Ridgewood, a man was approached by a gang of five men as one of them held him up at gunpoint and robbed his cellphone.

And again in Ridgewood, a 61-year-old man got killed as he was hit by a car while crossing the street when the driver ran a stop sign while making a turn.

And again in Ridgewood, an 82-year-old man was pushed to the sidewalk by two men who then rifled through his pockets and robbed $20 off him.

And again in Ridgewood, a man was struck and killed by one of Jeff Bezos’s delivery vans when it’s driver plowed into him while he was crossing the street.

In Flushing, a woman was run over by a car after she stepped out of her own car that she just parked. The man who drove into her then beat her down to the pavement and stole her handbag and cellphone. The man’s passenger was busted using one of her credit cards at a store.

Also in Flushing, a city bus and a fancy car crashed into each other while both drivers were turning at the same time, causing six people to be injured.

Again in Flushing, a man got hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk as the driver was turning into a garage ramp. The man died a week later.

In Elmhurst, a man walking home got ambushed by a man as he was about to enter his apartment building. The mugger then slashed the resident in the face multiple times then robbed $900 and his cellphone.

Also in Elmhurst, a 15-year-old boy lured a woman into the Queens Center mall parking garage and raped her there. The judge presiding at his bail hearing set him loose and told him to return to family court the next day but the boy celebrated his birthday that day by blowing it off and took a selfie while holding a gun and put it on a social media platform.

Again in Elmhurst at the Grand Ave/Newton Station, a drunk ass man bumped into a pillar and almost fell on the tracks but was rescued by an MTA worker, then the vagrant showed his appreciation to him by pushing him on the tracks.

In East Elmhurst, a man got confronted then attacked by four men as he was exiting a livery cab with shopping bags. The men then ganged up on him and ripped a chain off him, then one of them flashed a gun and the man ran away and left his bags behind.

In Jackson Heights, a man randomly punched a 67-year-old man in the face and ran down the sidewalk.

Also in Jackson Heights, a man attempted to rape a woman who worked at health center  when he demanded to bang her and then threw her on a couch and laid on top of her. The deviant attempted to rape two women at a massage parlor a month earlier in Astoria.

Again in Jackson Heights, a man that was with a group of showtime dancers bothered a commuter to move so they could perform on the E train and he said no. When the train arrived at the 74th St. Station, the man attacked the commuter while he was walking away and punched his face twice on the platform then got back on the train in time to escape.

And again in Jackson Heights at the 74th St./Roosevelt Ave. Station, a man punched a blind man and broke his nose after he barely touched him with his walking stick while getting off the 7 train.

In Sunnyside at the 52nd St. Station, a big slab of concrete fell off the ceiling above the stairwell and almost creamed a commuter walking on the steps.

Also in Sunnyside at the 40th St. Station, a man grabbed a woman’s ass as she was walking down the stairs.

In Woodside, a man got killed as he was crossing the street by a hit-and-run drunk driver who blew past a red light. The reckless and unlicensed killer driver then blew another red light and crashed into a taxi trying to get away, causing it to crash into two other cars.

Also in Woodside, a man stabbed another man in the leg he was fighting with on the LIRR train. A couple of obnoxious jerks in silly outfits going on a dumbass yuletide bar crawl piled on the stabber and subdued him. Looks like Santa’s going to give them fifths of bourbon and vodka in their stockings.

Again in Woodside, two men jumped a man from behind who was walking on the sidewalk and punched him in the stomach and robbed $70 off him. 90 minutes later and a block away they jumped another man from behind and threw him on the sidewalk and robbed his cellphone and wallet. Three days later they attacked another man walking on the sidewalk from behind by placing an umbrella on his neck and robbed his cellphone and wallet while choking him.

In Fresh Meadows, a man broke into seven homes and a garage in a two month span, making off with tools, jewelry, cash and merchandise and damaging property in attempts where he find anything to loot.

In Middle Village, a man stalked a woman into her apartment building, then sexually molested her in the elevator and threatened her to disrobe by claiming he had a gun and a knife. The woman refused and he ran away.

Also in Middle Village, a woman snatched a credit card from a wallet that was placed on a shopping cart and she used it at a nearby video game store.

In St. Albans, a man jumped a 66-year-old woman from behind and threw her to the pavement and robbed her purse. He then tried to rob another woman in broad daylight on the same day by trying to grab her purse but ran away when the woman resisted.

In Far Rockaway at the Mott Ave. Station, a man ran up behind a woman walking on the platform and whacked her in the head with his umbrella.

Also in Far Rockaway, a fire engulfed an empty house.

In Rockaway Beach, a man standing in front of a supermarket was shot to death on the sidewalk by a man who escaped in an SUV.

Also in Rockaway Beach, a water main broke in the middle of the night, breaking the asphalt and swallowing a parked car while flooding the street.

In Forest Hills, a fingerprint scan time keeping clock was destroyed at a LIRR station.

In Bayside, two men got into an app-hail livery driver’s car and held him up at knifepoint and ran off with his cellphone and $850.

In College Point, a man loitering by a shopping center parking lot in his car whipped his chode out to a 17-year-old girl who walked by him.

In Kew Gardens,at the Jamaica/Van Wyck Station, a woman walking on the tracks got killed when she got hit by the arriving E train

On Rikers Island, an inmate attempted suicide in his cell as C.O.’s watched on a live video feed.

Also On Rikers Island, an inmate was ganged up and beat down by six other prisoners.

Brooklyn

In East New York at the Broadway Junction Station, a woman got killed and another woman broke her arm when they were stumbling drunk as they exited the train while staggering holding each other on the platform, then one of them slipped and dragged her friend onto the tracks as she held onto her as the train was departing, running over both them.

Also in East New York, a man punched a 71-year-old man in the face when he stepped into his apartment building that stemmed from an argument the two had earlier.

In East Flatbush, a two car collision at street intersection caused by an off-duty cop driving drunk and a man that ran a stop sign killed a woman that was in the front seat with him and seriously injured another woman in the back seat. The man then fled the scene of the accident by abandoning his vehicle with the women still inside. The cop didn’t get charged with the woman’s death despite his DWI charge.

Also in East Flatbush, an 81-year-old woman got hit by a car while crossing the street while the driver was backing up.

In Flatbush, three men are involved in a two month crime spree attacking and robbing six food-app delivery workers as they wait for them to enter buildings and ambush them as they drop off their orders, making off with their cellphones, cash as well as the food.

Also in Flatbush at the Newkirk Plaza Station, a man laying on the tracks got killed when the Q train arrived and ran over him. While tragic and sad, this act of selfishness caused service delays and pissed off a lot a commuters as the MTA was vague describing the reason for them.

Again in Flatbush, a 9-year-old boy got hit and dragged under the road by a car when he ran into the street as the driver was making a turn.

In Bed-Stuy, a couple of men dressed as police officers as part of religious based community patrol roughed up a teenage boy by throwing him against a fence because they claimed he was disrespecting a Muslim woman. Then a group of men from the Bloods gang showed up at their mosque, one of them being the boy’s father and one of them that came strapped, and demanded accountability and made ominous threats even while some NYPD cops where sent there to calm the situation. Four days later, two of the Bloods beat down a random Muslim man in front of their mosque. The victim did not even work for or with the patrol.

This chain of violence uncannily resembles what led to the Crown Heights riots between the Black and Hasidic communities 30 years ago. From the boy victim that originated it to the innocent victim that got caught in the middle. The difference is that nobody died and the groups involved are religious extremists and gangbangers. And this story got ignored because it was covered by a Christian news website and an right-wing blogger.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a fireman and a garbageman got into a street hassle and then brawled with each other over a parking spot. One of them got charged with weapons possession, but the NYPD did not disclose to news scribes what kind of weapon it was.

Again in Bed-Stuy, two men moving out an apartment building were approached by five men who grabbed one of them and forced him inside a van. When the man’s friend tried to stop them, one of the men shot at him and missed and then they drove off. The men bounded their abductee with duct tape and zip ties and put him inside a car that they met up with. The driver and his passengers dumped the man in East Flatbush and stole his cellphone.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was stabbed to death inside an apartment building lobby as two men ran from the murder scene.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was shot at when he was entering a car as he got hit the leg while the livery driver got hit in the back.

In Brownsville, a man got caught by cops beating the fare by going through the emergency gate and also got caught with a loaded gun when they searched him.

Also in Brownsville, a woman got shot to death in her apartment and her boyfriend jumped out of the window from the second floor and broke his leg trying to get away. A suspected gunman is still on the loose.

In Bushwick, a man took a brick and threw it through a basement window and invaded a woman’s studio apartment. The fiend then threw her on the bed and raped her, then he stole her cellphone, cash and credit cards.

Also in Bushwick, a man departed his car after parking it and was approached by a man and a woman coming fast down the block and they both jumped him and beat him down to the ground, then robbed his cellphone and wallet.

Again in Bushwick, an off duty cop strangled his girlfriend at a thrift store during a fight over money.

And again in Bushwick, a man was attacked by two women who threw him to the ground after he tried to film them shouting anti-Semetic slurs and threats at him.

In Williamsburg at the Lorimer St. Station, a man was shot at three times in the back on the platform by a gunman as the M train was arriving.

In Sunset Park, a 75-year-old woman got killed crossing the street by a driver who ran her over while making a turn.

Also in Sunset Park, an 85-year-old man got killed crossing the street when a box truck driver hit him.

In Crown Heights, a man sneaked into a police station locker room and stole an NYPD t-shirt, jacket and boots and tried to come off like a new detective who just got promoted by higher brass at 1 Police Plaza but got figured out eventually and was arrested for impresonating an officer and was found in possession of crack and a pipe. The man was just sprung by a judge a few days earlier on a misdemeanor assualt charge.

Also in Crown Heights, a man was sucker punched by a man who walked by him with a group of people.

Again in Crown Heights, a woman approached three women in front of a Lubavitch center, called them bigoted slurs and assaulted all of them and ran away. She was released on her own recognizance under mental health supervision and yelled goodbye when approached by reporters. Days later she assaulted another woman randomly in Prospect Heights and was released again without bail. The cops finally came back and arrested her for the third time when she missed an appointed court date.

And again in Crown Heights, a man entered that same Lubavitch center and yelled at the congregants that he was going to kill them all.

And again in Crown Heights, a man walking on the sidewalk was hit with a chair from behind thrown by a boy who was with six other kids. When the man confronted them they chased him and punched him in the face. The man didn’t file a police report because of his awareness of the state’s new bail reform laws that doesn’t set bail for misdemeanors like random assaults based on bigotry.

The little fuckers then approached and punched another man a few blocks away and pushed him to the ground and beat him up as one dickhead filmed the assault on his phone.

In Gravesend, a woman approached a woman with her 3-year-old son and called her “fucking Jew”, then physically assaulted both and ran away.

In Midwood, two men yelled a bigoted slur and pulled a knife on a 17-year-old boy on the street.

Also in Midwood, two men wrestled and beat each other up on the street in the middle of traffic.

In Downtown Brooklyn, a man kicked in and broke a glass door of a restaurant.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn at the Nevins St. Station, a man reached into another man’s pockets while he was sleeping on the 4 train and then stabbed him in the back when his victim fought back.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn at the Atlantic Avenue and Borough Hall Stations, four men held up a newsstand operator at knifepoint, dragged him out from behind the counter and beat him down and robbed cash from him. 6 days later, they held up and beat down another newsstand worker and robbed cash and candy from his business.

And again in Downtown Brooklyn, a raccoon has called the Nevins St. Station his/her home and refused to cooperate with the NYPD and their food bribe they left in a trap by the tunnel.

And again in Downtown Brooklyn, a man being a nuisance as he was bothering passerby and drinking booze in public, was approached by two cops who told him to move along. The vagrant then sucker punched the cop and wrestled him to the ground and would not release him, as his partner tried to remove him by pleading with him as she hit him with her baton that had no effect on him.

The vagrant was eventually arrested and brought to court then immediately released without bail. So he predictably went back to the location where the incident took place. He was so enamored with his good fortune, he gave a big cuddly smile sporting a little bottle of vodka too . Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

In Coney Island, a man was shot in the stomach in the hallway following an argument with another man inside the Callway Houses apartment building. He later died from his wound.

Also in Coney Island, four men and a woman shoplifted $40 worth of candy from a chain pharmacy and the woman sprayed a chemical liquid at workers who tried to stop them.

In Borough Park, two men sneaked up behind a woman and forced her to sit on the sidewalk. Then one of them took her cellphone as she was trying to call for help and smashed it on the concrete and then robbed $300 off her.

Also in Borough Park, a man broke into a house while brandishing a big knife. And then walked out when he heard the resident slam a door.

Again in Borough Park, a man got obstructed by a man that walk towards him who then slugged him in the head.

In Canarsie, a tow-truck driver towed a car off a public housing parking lot with a one-year-old girl inside when her mother went to drop off her laundry.

In Cypress Hills, a man was shot in the groin on the street.

In Gowanus, a man got killed when he was hit by three vehicles as he was crossing the street.

In Fort Greene at the Classon Ave. Station, boy snatched a cellphone out of a man’s hands as he got off the G train. When the man chased him, the perps boys were waiting for him and he and his crew beat down their victim.

Also in Fort Greene, a man had his e-bike stolen even though he locked it up.

Again in Fort Greene, a woman had her groceries stolen while she was napping at a bus stop.

In Park Slope at the 7th Ave. Stationt, a man fighting with two other men on the platform escalated into one of them getting shot in the ankle.

Also in Park Slope, a man got his face bashed in during a fight with another man on the street.

In Prospect Park, a man swiped a cherry picker and spray painted some words on the arch of the Grand Army Plaza, just moments before a rally against anti-Semitism and a mass rash of attacks motivated by it was about to take place.

In Brighton Beach, a man held up a clerk at a laundromat by gunpoint and robbed $500.

In Clinton Hill, a man got slashed in the face by another man as he was walking on the sidewalk.

In Boerum Hill at the Pacific St. Station, a man attempted to snatch another man’s cellphone on the platform and then punched his face when he failed to steal it.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the Jay St./Metrotech Station, a couple got into an argument with a man on the A train, and the man finished the debate by hitting the woman in the head with his cane.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a man robbed a jackhammer at a construction site.

In DUMBO, a man broke into a woman’s apartment and robbed it of clothes and shoes worth over 12 grand.

In Sheepshead Bay, a woman stabbed her mother in the back while she was watching TV.

In Mill Basin, a man pulled a gun and attempted to shoot a man in front of his house while looking for his wife who ran away from him back in Missouri. The gun misfired and the jilted man ran away.

In Dyker Heights, streets are filled with garbage left behind by tourists and visitors invading the neighborhood to see the now world famous house Christmas lights displays.

In Carroll Gardens, a man shoplifted $1,000 worth of cold medicine from a pharmacy. There’s going to be some meth on the streets soon.

In Bath Beach, a man bashed a woman in her face with a bottle in a hotel room then robbed her ID and broke her cellphone.

Also in Bath Beach, a man sneaked into a truck with the door left open and robbed a box containing over 5 grand in checks and cash.

A 19-year-old man got indicted for hacking into 2 cellphones using 75 aliases and looted over a million dollars in cryptocurrency from their accounts through his own phones using multiple SIM cards. Still wanna use your phones like wallets people?

In Greenpoint, a rat was found dead by a mesh surrounded chain link fence by an overpriced chain cafe that sells rancid coffee and stale pastries and sandwiches.

Rat Funeral 2019

Bronx

In Morrisania, a 61-year-old man and his boyfriend were confronted by a gang of men who demanded money. The two then ran but the elder man got caught by one of the men who grabbed him by his coat, spun him 720 degrees and threw him to the ground, then stomped on him and punched him in the head various times as another man ran up and kicked him. Then another man picked up a city garbage can and threw it on the victim. The lynching went on for 15 minutes. They then robbed the beaten man of a buck and left him lying unconscious. The man died from his numerous injuries four days later.

Only one person has been arrested from this lynching and it’s a teenage male who said he never touched the victim as the other thugs are still on the loose. Sounds like what’s going on with the Tessa Majors case.

In Grand Concourse at the 149th St. Station, a gang of six men repeatedly beat up, slashed and stabbed a 15-year-old boy while he was in the turnstiles. Though the victim survived, this attack isn’t that distinguishable from Junior Velasquez’s brutal lynching death on a Bronx street corner last year.

In Concourse Village, four men getting high and being obnoxious while loitering in an lobby at an apartment building invaded an apartment where a family was celebrating Christmas and stabbed four men inside.

In Hunts Point, two teenage males engaged in a knife fight over a girl and one wound up in the hospital from getting stabbed in the chest and the other one wound up dead after getting stabbed three times in the torso.

In Castle Hill, three men surrounded a 13-year-old boy and beat him down to rob his cellphone.

In Jerome Park, a man pulled out a gun during an argument with his app-hail driver and threatened to shoot him and then he jetted into the street.

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In Crotona, a 74-year-old man sitting his car was confronted by a man and a woman who yelled at him about parking there, then the man punched his face and the woman did the same and stole his cellphone.

In Melrose, three men knocked on the door of a family’s apartment and attempted to barge in. Then one of the men took out a gun and the father shut the door on him and his wife took a power drill get him out. The man then shot all his bullets and killed a little dog that was there to mate with the family’s dog to make puppies. The residents were held up and robbed of over $10,000 in their apartment two months before this killing.

In Norwood, a woman followed a pregnant woman who argued with her into an apartment building elevator and punched her multiple times and robbed her purse containing $400.

Also in Norwood, a shootout occurred inside an abandoned house during a party with nearly 30 people attending. Squatters occupying the place were then evicted from the property.

In Baychester, a woman left her 2-year-old alone in her car in a mall parking lot as she went shopping.

Also in Baychester, a disabled 69-year-old man burned to death in his bedroom during a fire at his house.

In Kingsbridge Heights, a janitor goaded two teenage girls to make out in front of him at a high school.

In University Heights, a man was stabbed multiple times in the chest by a college.

Also in University Heights, a man was shot to death on the street steps away from his home. The suspect tried to get the fuck out of dodge and got caught at JFK.

In Soundview at the Morrison Ave. Station, a man in red is talking to a teenage girl on the 6 train and then he suddenly picks her up and gets off and sits on a bench with her in his arms. The girl breaks free and wakes up the man next to her and her brief captor walked away as the man she was with threatened to shoot him “if she was his daughter”.

The next day, the man in red wore black but was immediately recognized on the street from the viral video and was treated to heaping load of ultraviolence by a group of men who shoved him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly as he pleaded that he didn’t harm her. Cops detained and then released him on his own recognizance. I think this guy is just eccentric and attention should also be paid to the guy with the girl on the train who left his gun at home.

In Orchard Beach, a man lost control of his car and crashed into a tree after another driver cut him off on the highway.

In Throggs Neck, the Hells Angels bought a house for their new headquarters and are driving their neighbors crazy with constant noise from their revving motorcycles.

A fugitive pimp wanted for sex trafficking three teenage girls and extorting a 17-year-old girl was caught and arrested after hiding out at a buddy’s apartment and tried to flee from the cops by jumping out his window. The pimp went on the down low in an attempt to kill time until the bail reform laws become official on New Year’s Day so he can get off for a few days as a civilian before indictment.

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In Co-Op City, a 17 story wind turbine generating power for three billboards standing below it dismantled when the fucking wind blew and fell off the ugly black post and crashed onto the street and demolished a car. One of the billboards also came down and landed on the gas station it stood over. The piece of shit green energy generator was only installed a few weeks earlier against the community’s objections and in the middle of the night as they slept.

Residents expressed utter delight at seeing it destroyed.

Staten Island

In Stapleton, a man was shot to death on the street and found with a gun beside him. The victim was recently off parole from after a career in the drug game for serving time for robberies.

Also in Stapleton, a man got hit by a car when the driver jumped the curb and drove onto a house’s lawn.

In West Brighton, a 16-year-old boy was chased by a gang of men and got shot to death in front of his house.

In Meiers Corners, a man injured two police officers while he was fighting them while resisting arrest stemming from a brawl on the street with other men.

In New Springville, a woman lifted a wallet from a from a 71-year-old woman and used her credit card the next day at a department store.

In West Brighton, a man banged on a woman’s apartment door and shot a man she was with in the face when she opened it at the Berry Houses.

In Port Richmond, a FDNY lieutenant ripped off a catholic school fundraiser by sticking his hands in a bucket of money meant for it.

Also in Port Richmond, a person smashed a car into a parked vehicle and a utility pole and abandoned it there.

In Annandale, a man was arrested during a raid where cops found two loaded guns in his house.

In New Brighton, a man threatened to shoot his wife during a domestic dispute in their home.

In Clifton, a man was found possessing a loaded gun when cops came over when they saw him smoking pot with his friends.

In (didn’t know S.I. had a) Sunnyside, a piece of shit lowlife hacked into a security system made by Jeff Bezos’s company and terrorized a 14-year-old boy through the speaker.

In Elm Park, two men broke into a business office by cutting the locks but left with nothing.

In Pleasant Plains, a woman who was on a TV show and her husband were busted following a warrant on their home where cops found two loaded guns and a load of painkillers and pot.

On the Staten Island Expressway, two women driving in a black car were pulled over by troopers and caught possessing loaded guns, one in the trunk and one strapped to one the goils leg. Thelma and Louise 2019.

In neighborhoods policed by the 121st Precinct, garages and sheds are being broken into and burglarized of bikes and tools in a crime spree.

Final note on the sputtering homicide case of Tessa Majors:

A grown ass man did it.

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”.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shola Olayote: NYCHA’s Replicant Chief And Wolf In Fox Clothing

https://static.politico.com/dims4/default/07a3ec6/2147483647/resize/1160x%3E/quality/90/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.politico.com%2Fcapny%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fa%20-%20shola%20.pngPartners in lying, and cultivating environmental hazard conditions and damaging child development.

New York, N.Y.

Shola Olatoye, the commissioner of NYCHA, the real affordable housing program, has been exposed of lying to the city and federal officials for the avoidance of mandatory lead testing in various project apartment buildings and the obfuscation of information about the status of the inspections.

In the last 3 years since appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and optimistically promising accountability and better service for the 400,000 tenants of the buildings in an op-ed in the NY Daily News, she compromised the safety of them by being willfully deceitful along with her deputy staffers in a conspiracy of obfuscation and neglect.

And now it includes the recently re-elected mandate claiming mayor. For after initially acknowledging the damning D.O.I. report for the egregious behavior and his unwavering support for his appointed commissioner delivered through the mouth of one of his numerous spokespersons since he is currently on paid leave in Connecticut with his wife, his spokesperson cavalierly revealed that the mayor previously knew all along that Commissioner Shola and her NYCHA underlings avoided their responsibilities and lied to H.U.D. about their mandatory appointed duty to their tenants.

For with this vile discrepancy, Shola lied to the federal agency and was aided and abetted by the Mayor of New York City when she sent in a form which she notarized certifying that inspections went on as scheduled. Fostering and continuing decades of systemic futility of the federal, state and local government funded program to help the under-payed and unprivileged with safe secure homes.

More importantly, a vast majority of apartments remain dilapidated, in disrepair and toxic. In addition to the lead contaminated paint remaining and chipping off the walls, there are other perpetual problems of rodent and roach infestations, broken door buzzers, understaffed or lousy security personnel, broken elevators and smoke detectors, widespread growing mold, and strangers loitering in the halls, staircases and playgrounds, ranging from drug dealers to homeless and the other casualty of lousy, indifferent and fraudulent inspection reports, the perpetual leaking roofs.

This is not some forgetful bullshit that got bandied about during the Rivington House deed lifting and property plunder conspired by appointed officials and craven lobbyists and developer donors to the mayor. This shit happened with people already living in these wasting buildings and with the shitty conditions that come with it.

There are reasons for this quite obvious willful and criminal indifference once you consider the actual programs the supposed clueless commissioner and her amoral boss mayor were more concerned with. The Mayor and Shola’s offices made sure the proper repairs went down for 3 project buildings when a private real estate consortium took control of housing project for privatization, betraying the feigned promise Shola made to the public about these certain groups that private interest will go to fund all repairs all of the buildings.

And of course there is the ghoulish plan to bulldoze over a playground to build a taller luxury tower in front of the Holmes Houses for the benefit of a developer donor to Mayor de Faustio. This awful century lease was doled immediately after the mayor had his case dismissed for his  pay-to-play 501 (c) (4) he ran in his City Hall office, more commonly and notoriously known as the Campaign for One New York (Shhh!).

Shola Olatoye really comes off like the definitive corporate tool. A yes woman. Her delivery when she explains and describes these plans is robotic. She’s basically a replicant for the agency and the corporate interests. With the blatant, brazen way she lies and fraudulently signed about bogus inspections is reminiscent of that corrupt soulless murderous counselor Karen Crowder arranging to put a hit on a whistle-blower who discovered toxicity in a her employer corporation’s weed killer from the movie Michael Clayton.

Ultimately, she is the classic idiom of the fox in the hen house, or in this case houses. But more a shifty wolf in fox’s clothing.

This mendacious scandal also proves how the oft-described pragmatic yet immoral de Faustio is no different than any of the slumlords recently convicted, fined and put on Letitia James’ Hot 100 list since he has basically used the same tactics and the agency’s sordid history to keep NYCHA underfunded in contrast to his long bullshit plan to preserve affordable housing. He is also proving that he’s no different and a carbon copy neoliberal version of his reason for winning re-election, Donald Trump, by having his aides gaslight reporters with denials and considering firing the guy who’s investigating him.

And like Figurehead Trump, also for his continued contempt for and passive aggressive mild repression of the press corps. For the day after the breaking news of Commissioner Olatoye’s deception, she was spotted walking to a fancy restaurant with a uniformed NYPD officer by her side.

This picture might come back to haunt her because of her unconscionable, enabled egregious decision, the next time she gets an armed escort like this it will be two armed men or women in suits holding her arms with cuffs on her wrists. Because this stooge broke the law with her deception. Federal law. Because as law professor from Fordham U. noted about the legality of this:

Under federal law, a knowing and willful false statement to the government is a felony that carries up to five years prison.

Fordham University law professor Jim Cohen called Olatoye’s conduct “clearly a false statement within the meaning of the statute,” and put the odds at “better than 50-50” she’d face charges.

“This is sort of ready-made,” Cohen said of a potential case.

NY Post

While a glut of elected officials, by Public Advocate and in the near future mayor Letitia James and even some liberal and fauxgressive City Council people are demanding Shola to step the fuck down, the Mayor they all endorsed is standing behind her and supporting her still, and hilariously accusing outraged officials of political ambition (more odious Trump-like projection and hypocrisy) probably on the scant hope that his heinous good luck evading indictments will rub off on her.

Even if, this will not even be bittersweet, for the cost of the inevitable class action suit will be astronomical and will be added to the monstrous debt the NYCHA agency already accrued after almost a half-century of willful neglect and indifference from the organization’s administrative offices to city hall, the state house and naturally the federal government. And this will get even worse with that idiot savant Ben Carson running HUD and Trump’s daughter-in-law’s party planner running the east coast division of the housing dept.

Which will leave NYCHA truly vulnerable for privatization and to all involved in the Gentrification Industrial Complex. So if anything does get finally fixed or even marginally improved, and if there is more of effort to curb crime on the projects, the original and future lower income tenants will unable to reap the benefits of this long standing program and even the right to have a roof over your head if you have the economic means to make the rent. It will also probably mean a much longer wait than there already is now to get an apartment there. But with the encroaching and plundering budget plan on its way, there might not be any programs like section 8 or rent stabilization at all.

And there won’t be any help for the kids and adults poisoned from Olatoye’s and de Faustio’s brazen obfuscations.

This is not going to end well at all for the working poor and even the shrinking middle class. But if these two don’t get indicted for their illegal acts, it won’t end well for even society and justice for all. All at the bottom that is. Unless justice is finally meted out, if any still exists, and arrest warrants will be thrust upon this diabolical duo and her two recent aides forced to resign in a lame effort of optical reactive measures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

https://i0.wp.com/www.gkcindustries.com/docs/GKCIndustries/Lafayette%20Houses/aerial%20-%20lafayette%20houses.jpgThe Lafayette Houses. Storm resilient roofs not included.

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.

NY Daily News: East Harlem landlord, her cohorts tried to drive sisters out of their home with threats of deportation: suit

Two sisters said they had to flee their East Harlem apartments after a landlord and her crew — including her Trump-supporting son — made life unbearable with increasingly ominous threats of harm and reports to immigration authorities.

But now they are fighting back to come home and stop the “relentless campaign of discrimination” being waged against them, according to their new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Araceli Ramos, 32, and younger sister Rosa, 29, lived in their apartments at the 115th St. building for more than a decade. The problems started in January when the landlord, Diane Marrero Pedrez, told the women that they and the rest of the tenants would have to get out because “she intended to sell ‘her’ portion of the building.”

According to the suit filed Friday, the woman is the day-to-day manager and the executor of the estate that has a 50% interest in the building, which the suit says is worth $2.2 million.

That’s when the harassment started, the lawsuit says.

One time, Araceli was outside the building when Pedrez and a defendant, identified only as “Bob,” said Araceli had to leave.

Bob let it slip he knew where Araceli’s kids went to school. The same man allegedly referred to Araceli and her family as “immigrant pieces of s–t.”

Another time, Pedrez allegedly “lunged” at Rosa after another attempt to make her move out, the suit claims. According to the suit, the unnamed son yelled he was happy he’d voted for President Trump and he was tired of “all of these immigrants.” The son said he was going to be sure someone “rounded up” the sisters and the rest of the family.

The lawsuit said things got even darker. Two days after Telemundo showed up, Dicks came back with demands the plaintiffs and their families leave. “This is an old building and the boiler isn’t working very well. It could catch fire anytime, and no one would know if it was on purpose or not,” the lawsuit quoted him as saying.

The suit said Rosa and Araceli “were terrified that remaining in the building would result in immigration consequences for, or grave physical harm to, them and their family.”

This may be an actual confirmation of using the culturally volatile environment set by the policies of Figurehead Trump and the unscrupulous abuse of the real estate market speculation/fabrication and sadistic chicanery slumlord tactics that’s been enabled by the campaign fund whoring by Mayor De Faustio.

What is truly confounding is that here we have 2 young women who are actually part of the millenial demographic that these slumlords are trying to replace them with. Maybe these long time citizens of East Harlem are not the types who frequent designer pizza joints and craft beer gardens or wait on lines around the corner for a disgusting rainbow bagel. And are not stupid to pay $3500 a month to live in modest apartment in Manhattan. But it’s certain that they live there because they need to, they want to, and despite the amount of money they earn for a living they have every goddamn right to.

And how the fuck is that building worth 2.2 million dollars? It doesn’t even have bland and shitty street art on the side of it. This supposed real estate market is going batshit crazy. I wonder if the rise of those hideous behemoth monoliths on 57st in midtown is having an effect on the worth of regular apartment buildings.

Meanwhile in Queens:

Queens Chronicle: Elderly Kew Gardens tenants fight eviction

A pair of elderly Kew Gardens residents who survived World War II in their native Ukraine are facing possible eviction, as the owner of the co-operative building they live in wants to charge more in rent, according to the Legal Aid Society.

Sateesh Nori, the attorney in charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Queens office, says the two people — an 89-year-old great-grandmother Nellya and a 93-year-old Ukrainian Air Force veteran named Soloman — pay rent because they’ve been there since before the building was co-oped.

Because they pay less than $1,500 in rent with the help of Section 8 vouchers in a neighborhood where rents approach or exceed $2,000, Nori said, the landlord, Forest & Gardens Owners, started the eviction process more than two years ago.

But the housing cases stalled while Nellya and Soloman, whose last names were asked to be withheld, had guardians to handle their legal defense, finances and other aspects of life appointed to them.

Soloman has significant health problems that hampers his ability to represent himself in court, Nori said, while Nellya has been bedridden for about two years.

“Now that the eviction case is no longer on hold, their guardians contacted us saying, ‘we need your help,’” Nori said. “We’ve since looked back into the original court case and found numerous errors in the landlord’s legal argument.”

Nori added that Forest & Gardens Owners has failed to submit a lease renewal for the elderly residents, endangering their Section 8 vouchers.

“They’re aware, though,” he added of the residents, who don’t speak English. “What they’ve said to us through their translator is, ‘Why do you want us to leave? What have we done wrong?’”

Nori said the Legal Aid Society had no reason to believe the landlord has preyed on residents before, as the group has “never heard of them.”

Forest & Gardens Owners could not immediately be reached for comment by press time.

The Legal Aid group needs to be a little more cynical and aggressive, especially since Forest & Gardens (what a pretty, unthreatening name) couldn’t be “reached for comment”. As if persistently demanding two elderly people to move for 2 years doesn’t construe harassment. They got their rent on time, so what’s the problem. It’s not enough. And there is a demo market out there for this generation that is stupid enough to pay a grand or twice the amount to rent. Especially once an area gets deemed hip by the New York Times or any hack adverjournotainment website (say, Bedford and Bowery or DNAinfo and Gothamist, well for the latter two both now).

Though F & G owners are not letting the building rot from the inside or doing environmentally hazardous gut renovations or denying basic utility services. These are still, as with the East Harlem case, slumlord tactics. But maybe it’s time for a new malignant term for these scourges that ruining the fabric and soul of the 5 boroughs. Let’s call these awful people, scumlords. Because the behavior exhibited by these kinds resembles the traits of the scumbag, and since the Gentrification Industrial Complex of government, real estate (REBNY), private equity and the news media considers every crack on the sidewalk and streets hot property that definitively, there are no slums anymore.

These are precarious, trying times for tenants living in the most unaffordable city with the biggest homeless population in the nation. These 4 citizens are the lucky ones to get media attention and help from their communities. There needs to be more, possibly a lobby or real non-profit interest group for the poor and middle class to stop the scumlord scourge, for it’s obvious our overpaid city council don’t have the guts, will or stamina to aid their constituencies. For now, renters just have to use their own wits and know their rights. And not let the corrupt and the stupid disenfranchise them.

 

The Class Action Lawsuit Against de Blasio’s CONYgate ally Two Trees: The First Strike At The Gentrification Industrial Complex

Brooklyn Goddamn*, NY.

https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/170201-walentas-split.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=664&h=441&crop=1Predator Developers and corporate welfare cheats, Jed and David Walentas

NY Post: Billionaire landlords extorted tenants ripped off city: lawsuit

The billionaire real-estate dynasty behind Brooklyn’s hipster DUMBO neighborhood bilked struggling tenants out of a fortune in rent, a new lawsuit alleges. The Walentas family — whose ties to Mayor de Blasio have been scrutinized in the investigations into the city’s pay-to-play scandal — allegedly filed false statements to help land $92 million in city tax breaks and other subsidies, the suit says.  Then patriarch David, son Jed and associates used “extortion’’ and other alleged forms of deceit to jack up the rents at downtown 125 Court St. over the years and illegally pocket $10 million, according to the residents’ lawyer and the document, which was filed in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. “This is a racketeering enterprise — it’s basically organized fraudulent activity,’’ the tenants’ lawyer, Matthew Berman, told The Post.

The plaintiffs even claim to have a company mole as a witness. That person is a former rental agent and Two Trees worker who acknowledged that the defendants “intentionally sat down and agreed in advance to take part in an unlawful scheme to illegally charge inflated rents to rent-stabilized tenants,” the suit says.

According to the suit, the family’s powerhouse company, Two Trees:

  • Duped the city and state to net lucrative tax breaks meant for rent-stabilized and affordable-housing properties.
  • “Committed extortion’’ by allegedly tricking tenants into shelling out more than they owed in monthly rent by sending phony notices saying rent was due.
  • “Coerced’’ the cheaper-paying residents into vacating their apartments so the developer could charge new tenants 20 percent higher rents.

The lawsuit suggests that government officials turned a blind eye to the allegedly illegal shenanigans because they were “influenced no doubt by campaign contributions made by Defendants and their associates.

“It is a matter of public record that seven developers wrote checks totaling $245,000 to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York before de Blasio announced plans for a streetcar along the Brooklyn waterfront, with stops near the developers’ projects, including $100,000 from Defendant Jed Walentas,’’ the suit says. De Blasio has denied any connection between the big bucks and pushing his street-car plan.

Court papers describe the Walentases as a $4 billion family empire “known for its singular role in transforming the Brooklyn neighborhood of “DUMBO” (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where the company’s holdings include 12 buildings comprising more than 3 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate.’’ The family also is behind the $3 billion conversion of the old Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg into luxury pads.

Two Trees bought the 125 Court St, property at Atlantic Avenue in 2003 for $16.5 million, according to reports. They then went after millions of dollars in public funding by promising to provide rent-stabilized and affordable housing, the suit says. But over the years, the developers knowingly misrepresented the market value of units so they could illegally inflate rents, the court papers say.The lawsuit adds that “despicably, Defendants even perpetrated this fraud upon the low-income tenants of the units designated as ‘affordable housing.’ ” The tactics led to a 300 percent tenant turnover rate at the building between 2005 and 2013, or 10 times the citywide figure, the suit says.

Finally. Even though this lawsuit is in it’s nascent stage, let this be the absolute confirmation of the superficial intentions and broken false promise to end the tale of two cities Mayor de Faustio exhorted on his public inauguration ceremony 3 years ago, and the horrid existence of the gentrification industrial complex of avaricious real estate and venture capital interests, compromised government officials and an complicit apparatus of public relations firms, housing website services and a fawning news media to drive up combined fabricated speculations of rental and housing market rates.

These two repulsive maggots are just a few of the enabling predatory developer cabal that is the Real Estate Board Of New York, of whom Dad and Boy Walentas are members, which is beyond any doubt where the last word on whatever legislation regarding what areas get re- and up-zoned, what exemptions are dealt and how the hardhats will get compensated for the difficult and at times perilously hazardous work they will do to build their unsightly out of scale behemoths in established hurricane flood zones.

As this damning lawsuit states, they allegedly utilized the dirty tactic exploiting the perennially outlandish trendy status of the borough of Brooklyn via following the constant refraining bogus real estate speculation derived from the news media (none more garrilous than the NY Times real estate section) and various apt. rental service providers and blogrolls like Streeteasy and Propertyshark. They also got millions in tax breaks from the 421a law to provide a sliver of affordable housing and reneged on that state contract by raising the rents on the rent-stabilized tenants on their building on 125 Court St. in downtown Brooklyn.

This pilfering of tax payer and tenant dollars and their collective sanity and dignity is akin to other odious ploys to drive out poorer and even modest salaried tenants who are deemed unworthy and uncool. Like those who offer lowball buyouts and gut renovations of neighboring apartments. The refusal of basic utilities and maintenance requests; The denial of check payments; And the use of hired goons to intimidate residents by stalking and violating their privacy. These fiendish tactics are bit more sophisticated than the days when slumlords used the dregs of society; gangs and rodents and the use of arson to free up their buildings and properties. Although the latter tactic might be making a not so subtle comeback. Not to be overlooked is the neutered, weak and borderline indifferent enforcement of the Department of Buildings officers.

All this was made possible to make the branding of the hottest borough in the world (but not the world’s borough, that was dubiously regaled to Queens) that made it the faux luxury resort theme park, and upscale bar and food court that it is today. With the help of dispensing a few hundred large to a 501 (c) (4) kitty run in a government office in City Hall.

The devious philanthropy provided by the Walentases towards our whoring and now troubled mayor also led to minor to non-existent monitoring of their new developments, like the former Domino sugar plant and the hastening process of the idiotic BQX trolley line that happens to traverse their Blade Runner towers of glass properties. The latter giving them access to the offices of city hall via a shady group concern or how they are more commonly know as “friends of the BQX”, not at all as pathetically opaque as the “agents of the city”.

Speaking of those “agents”, the wormtongue adviser firm, BerlinRosen that was illegally loitering in the conference rooms of city hall during meetings regarding city services and planning represents Two Trees. And also the abominable Forest City Ratner, who for the past decade and a half has been destroying and rebuilding the downtown Brooklyn area to the detriment of the residents who don’t reside in their towers and the sunlight that used to shine there. The BQX, not so coincidentally will run by the streets by Ratner’s synthetic metropolis.

The slithering machinations the Gentrification Industrial Complex has done to reshape the shorelines of Brooklyn has wreaked havoc on the rest of the borough, causing rents to ludicrously skyrocket even in still high crime risk areas like Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and East New York, in still middle class and poor areas like Crown Heights and Sunset Park, and is now bleeding into the middle class enclaves in Queens, none more apparent than the hastening out-of-scale tower development in Long Island City.

It also is having a pernicious effect on the area median rates for affordable housing, influencing the fabricated speculative market rates that the Walentas duo engaged in, even leading low level slumlords to exploit this hustle in addition to devaluing their buildings and denying tenants rights and demands for maintenance. Which may have not only led to the further tax paying sanctions of public funded condo housing, but also the incredible record rise of the homeless consensus, which includes working families and veterans.

This lawsuit, long overdue and looks pretty cut and dry, cannot be more timely since it’s coinciding with the impending hearings with D.A. Preet Bharara and the meltdown of their of their long time pal and personal aide, Mayor “Big Slow”” de Faustio” de Blasio and his merry band of neo-liberal deputies and staffers, who still insist on claiming legality for their chicanery and that they have committed no wrong-doing. They will probably cite precedent by mentioning when Donald Trump was buying elected officials and exploiting similar loopholes back in his baby predator days building hotels and a shrine tower to himself in the 80’s

This may be a stretch and maybe hoping too much, but these subhumans might actually see hard time for their twisted ties and underhanded nefarious acts. Maybe it will bring a semblance of closure to all those choosing between eating and paying rent, all those trying to transition from a crappy existence in an apt. filled with mold and vermin, a room with barely any privacy and security, or shacking up in hotel room with no kitchen at the mercy of security contractors and subsiding on shitty city provided sandwiches for lunch and dinner as they wait to win the lottery for that sliver of 20 % affordable housing because of the greed for money and land of Two Trees and the concentration and control of power for our corrupt mayor and his staff.

*apologies to Nina Simone

A Notorious Bastard Slumlord, Two Dead Kids And Mayor de Blasio’s Tone-Deaf Misuse Of Precedence.

Radiator incident that killed Bronx toddlers was ‘extraordinary, unprecedented accident’: de Blasio

Ibanez Ambrose, 2, and Scylee Vayoh Ambrose, 1, were killed in a radiator steam incident in the Bronx on Dec. 7, 216. (GoFundMe)

Hunts Point, The Bronx, NY

Charles Dickens or even Jacob Riis probably could have wrote this horrible incident in one of their books,  but probably not with the deliberate use of semantics that the Blaz exploited to deflect blame and deny responsibility of his failed, exploitative and ultimately profit-making scheme that is his and the DHS commissioner Stephen Banks homeless policy.

Unprecedented was the word used by the mayor that was disseminated to the local news media and they dutifully reported it with the resourcefulness of stenographers. Also said by Mayor Big Slow in a less elegant way was it was a freak accident.

But it didn’t take long for the precedence to appear, for the previous tenant referred this problem to the neglectful non-profit group the Bushwick Economic Development Corp (BEDCO, get it) a year before to no avail, which is usually the case and the natural order of things when it comes to shitty building management concerning tenants with lesser means and of course, power and information.

Another precedent is exactly a year ago tomorrow, the city awarded said BEDCO, along with another poverty merchant called Acacia Networks, a 200 million dollar multi-year contract to shelter the festering homeless population.

The biggest fattest precedent that is well known and our caring mayor should damn well know is the slumlord pile of shit owner of this rotted tenement structure, Moshe Piller has made the top 10 of Letitia James yearly compilation of 100 worst landlords list in the past 2 years.

I am going to digress here. If you make the list like this even once, as a landlord and owner, you should not be on it again or every year like it’s a Fortune 500 list of billionaires. Either you get off by making extreme dramatic improvements overnight like a modern day Scrooge coming to his senses, or you get convicted for your crimes against humanity by intentionally neglecting your duties and causing people to live in sorrow and filth. In addition to using vile tactics to drive them out amidst the allure of overvalued market rate speculation.

I fail to see the precedence or the freak accident aspect at all. I do see that this young couple had dreams, though unrealistic financially, to have careers as artists and raise a family in NYC and saw the city’s right-to-shelter program instituted by DHS commish Stephen Banks decades ago as a vessel. Then to eventually get screwed and ignored to endure the squalor around them as with every other poor tenant until tragedy struck.

Banks, who lives in a nice home worth millions in one of the many gentrified and niche areas of Brooklyn, apparently has a better grip on his self-righteous beliefs than he does on managing the biggest malaise this city has seen in decades, which makes no sense considering that this ain’t the 70’s and the city is prospering more than ever. Unless the goal is to manage a malaise so it doesn’t jibe with all the spending and investing that’s financing this city. To keep the homeless, working poor and even the middle class isolated and away from all the luxury spending and hyper-development of high rise towers, going by the recent revelations involving our mayor’s campaign for one New York. (I’ll get to that later).

But for now, this has become a big issue and concern because a poor baby and a poor child are dead. And they’re white, too, which proves poverty and lousy city services does not discriminate. Especially with the incompetent morons elected and appointed in this rotting city, who also have tried to play down and sugar coat the awful and brutal deaths of 2 kids that got neglected by the ACS (administration of children services) Zymere Perkins,6 and most recently Jaden Jordan, 3.

So before you go out there and address the public and the reporters you prefer to speak to, better choose your words more carefully de Blasio, you corrupt fucking idiot.

And to all similar young couples out there wanting to start a family. You have a right to, but don’t. Because the powers that be that people elect, they don’t give a flying fuck anymore. There was a time once when people were encouraged to start families, but they had to be put aside for the money hoarding of oligarchs and cushy jobs after public service.