IT IS FUCKING POINTLESS to keep such as a list when the only point of it is to publish it, but to take no action. Another reason that the Public Advocate position is a waste of tax payers dollars. Letitia James is just collecting political welfare. I guess doing the list makes her feel good and justifies her bloated salary. Yet just another reason why many people are so fed up with the political system and politicians. Even though the Public Advocate is not an “elected position”, is certainly feels like one since this position is certainly not independent of the government and James certainly knew how to come out to Jamaica to stump for obese bloated useless Leroy Comrie when he is running for Senator, but does jack shit for this community. Certainly does not seem like being independent, when you stump for a politician and a useless one at that. Why doesn’t she create a “worst elected official list”. I guess that would be an extremely LONG list and include pretty much every Southeast Queens official.
From Queens Times Ledger:
City’s second worst landlord has Queens properties: Public Advocate
Queens had 549 buildings on the Watchlist out of a total 6,081 and Queens landlord Harry Silverstein was named the second worst landlord in the entire city.
The watchlist includes data from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, but for the first time data from the Department of Buildings is included and tenants are able to track housing court activity of their landlords in an interactive database.
Silverstein has 474 violations for two Queens properties, 39-30 59th St. in Woodside and 35-08 95th St, in Jackson Heights, according to the city’s HDP and DOH records.
Violations for Silverstein ranged from an illegal basement apartment to complaints of rodent infestations.
According to the Public Advocate’s office, Silverstein managed 4,080 units in seven buildings with 1,482 HPD violations and 81 DOB complaints across the city. He also owns properties in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
“Every New Yorker deserves to live in safety and security, and every apartment needs to meet basic standards of decency,” Public Advocate Letitia James said. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous landlords throughout our city are failing to uphold these basic rights, creating inhumane living conditions for tenants.”
James has also proposed legislation that would require the city to expand its database of landlords to include information about violations, tenant complaints and tax liens.
According to the Public Advocate’s office, there are 3,393 landlords on the list this year.
“Tenants in New York have a basic, legal right to safe and decent housing,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “We pursue rigorous enforcement actions through programs such as HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program, which monitors and requires repairs to the 250 most distressed buildings in the city.”
For a landlord to be added to the Watchlist, they must own a building with a minimum threshold of violations or open complaints per unit. For buildings with fewer than 35 units, there must be an average of at least three open, serious violations or active complaints per unit; for larger buildings with 35 units or more there must be an average of at least two open, serious violations or active complaints per unit.