NY AG charges slumlord for pushing out rent-regulated tenants

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June 17, 2015- Observer reports, “Daniel Melamed, a Long Island resident who owns several buildings in Brooklyn, was charged with forcing tenants out of the building, filing false construction permits and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office. Tenants of 1578 Union Street, one of whom included a 6-year-old boy, went months without heat, were forced to breathe in lead-filled dust and live in semi-demolished apartments.

“Demolition work throughout the building left the common areas cold and covered in thick dust, which blew into the apartments. Doors were replaced with plywood,” Mr. Schneiderman said outside the tarnished building at a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. “They had to stuff wet towels under their doors just to keep the dust out.””

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