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  • Site of the Azure crane collapse in 2008

    Site of the Azure crane collapse in 2008

    The family of a construction worker killed in a 2008 Manhattan crane collapse was granted trial preference by a New York state judge Wednesday.

    The judge made the ruling because the victim’s father, Uke Kurtaj, is over 70 years old and relied on his son Ramadan Kurtaj for income, Law360 reported. Trial preference, which provides for an earlier court date, is granted, among other reasons, when a litigant is in danger of financial destitution or could pass away before a trial gets underway. [more]

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  • Scenes from the 2008 Azure crane collapse

    A New York State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the city cannot deny liability for damage stemming from the 2008 crane collapse at the Upper East Side’s Azure cond-op, despite transferring ownership over to another entity, Law360 reported.

    While another judge let the city off the hook two years ago, Judge Manuel Mendez ruled that liability remains under a state law commonly known as the “Scaffold Law.” Mendez rejected the city’s motion to dismiss claims brought by a trustee for Ramadan Kurtaj, a construction worker who was killed when the crane collapsed at the 333 East 91st Street site. [more]

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  • Joseph Mattone and the Azure

    A New York State Supreme Court judge has denied the Mattone Group’s motion to dismiss a wrongful death suit filed by the father of a construction worker killed in the 2008 crane collapse at the Azure condominium tower.  [more]

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  • James Lomma

    The case against he owner of the crane that collapsed in 2008 is winding down, the Associated Press reported, as the final prosecutor summations were delivered today. Prosecuters accuse owner James Lomma of being a cold-hearted businessman who greedily commissioned a spotty, cost-saving repair of a crucial component of the crane and hid it from inspectors. [more]

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  • Azure crane collapse

    In testimony today in the manslaughter trial of James Lomma, owner of the crane that collapsed in May 2008 during construction of the Azure, deceased construction worker Donald Leo Jr.’s father took the stand, the New York Daily News reported.

    Leo held back tears as he recounted his trip uptown to see his son after he was told about the accident, at 333 East 91st Street, at First Avenue, which killed two people. [more]

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  • New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    The owner of the crane that crashed at the Azure condo in 2008, killing two people, is a cold-hearted businessman more concerned with collecting $50,000 a month in equipment fees than protecting workers, prosecutors said today at the start of his trial.

    “They were killed because one man valued his profit over the safety of others,” said Eli Cherkasky, an assistant district attorney, in a packed room inside of Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan. [more]

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  • Pre-trial proceedings in the 2008 Upper East Side crane collapse manslaughter case will be held in open court, the judge has decided, according to the New York Post.

    Concerns from prosecutors and victims’ families convinced Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser to make hearing, crane company owner James Lomma’s hearing, on second-degree manslaughter charges, public, the Post said. The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. The collapse at the Azure, at 333 East 91st Street, at First Avenue, involved a crane owned by Lomma’s company, New York Crane and Equipment Corporation.
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    From left: Crane owner James Lomma and the Azure at 333 East 91st Street

    The owner of the crane company implicated in the deadly 2008 collapse at the Upper East Side’s Azure is suing the construction company that had rented his crane for $1.1 million in damages, the Post reported. The owner, James Lomma, is currently awaiting trial on manslaughter charges after a judge turned down his bid to get the case dismissed last month. He and mechanic Tibor Varganyi were accused of arranging for a cheap welding job on the 200-foot-tall crane, which failed after a month of use. … [more]

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  • Bracha loses Azure in move from Elliman

    February 18, 2011 05:41PM
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    From left: Ilan Bracha, Azure, Elliman agent Ammanda Espinal, Cassa Hotel & Residences

    For the time being at least, the Azure condominium is staying with Prudential Douglas Elliman rather than following super-broker Ilan Bracha to his new company, Keller Williams New York City.

    Bracha, formerly an Elliman agent, has been marketing the 34-story Yorkville tower with his team since March 2010, when he took over for Brown Harris Stevens. (Since the real estate downturn hit, many developers have tried switching brokerages to help boost sales at new condominiums.)

    Then, in January, Bracha launched the first Manhattan franchise of Keller Williams, a firm with some 80,000 real estate agents throughout North America. He brought several of his Elliman team members with him. … [more]

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  • A judge has upheld manslaughter charges against an owner and a mechanic in connection with a rig collapse at a construction site that killed two workers on the Upper East Side in May 2008, CBS reported. The judge today turned down the defendants’ bid to get the case dismissed and the case is now headed for a trial this spring or summer. Prosecutors said owner James Lomma and mechanic Tibor Varganyi arranged for a cheap welding job on a 200-foot-tall crane at the site of the Azure cond-op at 333 East 91st Street. … [more]

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  • $145M in new financing for Azure

    October 14, 2010 11:30AM


    Elliman’s Ilan Bracha is marketing the Azure.

    HSBC and four other institutions have agreed to convert their $145 million construction loan into a shareholder loan at the Azure, at 333 East 91st Street, a 34-story residential tower which was the site of a fatal crane collapse in 2008. The developers of the Azure, the Mattone Group and the Dematteis Organization, said yesterday that their financing is intact and they are on track to sell the 93 apartments left at the 128-unit building, Crain’s reported. The new shareholder loan will allow the building to continue to operate while the developers sell units. As each unit is sold, the loan is paid down. “A year ago this would have been difficult to achieve,” said Douglas MacLaury, senior vice president at the Mattone Group. “This indicates that credit is beginning to flow back into real estate and is a testimony to the confidence lenders have in the building.” Ilan Bracha’s the Bracha Group at Prudential Douglas Elliman is handling marketing, after replacing Brown Harris Stevens. So far, seven units have closed and nine are scheduled to close shortly. An additional 19 units are under contract. [Crain's]

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  • Azure gets AG’s green light

    June 10, 2010 08:45PM

    Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Ilan Bracha and Azure

    The Upper East Side luxury cond-op that was the site of a deadly crane collapse in May 2008 has been officially declared effective by the state attorney general, according to … [more]

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  • Azure gets AG’s green light

    June 10, 2010 08:45PM

    Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Ilan Bracha and Azure

    The Upper East Side luxury cond-op that was the site of a deadly crane collapse in May 2008 has been officially declared effective by the state attorney general, according to … [more]

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  • As expected, Michael Sackaris and his company Nu-Way Crane Service pleaded guilty to charges of bribery, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. And a company employee, Michael Pascalli, pleaded guilty to a charge of offering a false instrument for filing, in connection with the bribing of a Department of Buildings official. The arrests stemmed from an investigation following the deaths of nine people at two crane collapse sites, the Azure at 333 East 91st Street and 303 East 51st Street. Sackaris paid James Delayo, the acting chief inspector for cranes and derricks at DOB, to complete and file false paperwork with the agency on about 20 occasions, indicating that Nu-Way had passed city inspections, when in fact the cranes had not been inspected at all, or only in a perfunctory way, the DA’s office said. On six other occasions, the DA’s office said, Sackaris paid Delayoto certify that Nu-Way employees, including Pascalli, seeking crane operator licenses passed their examinations. Delayo pleaded guilty in March on bribery charges. The three defendants will be sentenced July 13. TRD

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  • Michael Sackaris, the head of Nu-Way Crane company charged with bribing New York City’s top crane inspector over the course of 14 years, will plead guilty today, according to his attorney. Sackaris allegedly paid inspector James Delayo more than $10,000 in exchange for falsified inspection filings and licenses for inadequately trained crane operators, according to the New York Daily News. Delayo pleaded guilty in March on bribery charges. Sackaris could spend between two and six years behind bars for second-degree bribery. Both men were arrested in 2008, following an investigation of the deadly Azure condominium crane collapse at 333 East 91st Street and the one at 303 East 51st Street. [NYDN]

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  • The city has failed to provide the families of two construction workers who died in the 2008 crane collapse at the Upper East Side’s Azure Condominium at 333 East 91st Street on the corner of First Avenue with documents, e-mails and other information about equipment inspections, a State Supreme Court judge said yesterday. The families had filed a lawsuit against the crane company, the company’s owner, the Department of Buildings and others in connection with the case, and had tried to obtain copies of communications regarding the crane from the DOB and to prevent the city from conducting tests on the collapsed crane while they were not present. In yesterday’s ruling, the court issued the Bloomberg administration a $5,000 fine — $2,500 to each family — for “flagrant disregard” of court orders to provide the documents and to notify the families of crane tests in advance. Last month, crane company owner James Lomma was indicted for manslaughter for allegedly allowing the crane to operate with a broken turntable that led to the accident. [NYT]

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  • The crane company charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide this week for a 2008 crane collapse on the Upper East Side is still operating three tower cranes in New York City, according to the Downtown Express. The cranes, located at the World Trade Center site, the former Deutsche Bank building and at Milstein Properties’ Liberty Luxe condo in Battery Park City, are inspected regularly and are a different type than the one that killed two and injured one when it collapsed during the construction of the Azure condominium on East 91st Street in May 2008, the Department of Buildings said. The operator, New York Crane & Equipment, was indicted along with owner James Lomma and former mechanic Tibor Varganyi and pleaded guilty to the charges Monday. [Downtown Express]

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  • As construction and concrete testing companies and their executives increasingly come under fire in the city, one concrete testing company has received a bit of good news. A State Supreme Court judge ordered the city Department of Buildings to grant a hearing to a Whitestone-based concrete testing company that was denied one after applying to renew its license to operate in New York. The firm, Big Apple Testing, filed suit in January after DOB refused to reinstate its license, claiming the firm previously continued to operate after its license had expired Sept. 15, 2008.
    Judge Alice Schlesinger denied a request by the firm to have its license automatically reinstated, but said DOB must give the firm an opportunity to present its case in a face-to-face meeting. “I find that the allegations [against Big Apple], at least in part, appear to be of a rather technical nature and do not appear to smack of fraud or unsafe practices,” Schlesinger wrote in her March 1 opinion, released on March 4. “As was pointed out in the petition, BAT has been conducting business pursuant to a license renewal since 1992, a period of 17 years, apparently without event except for license renewals occasionally filed for [sic] late but always granted.” … [more]

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