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  • From left: Speaker Christine Quinn, 3450 Gates Place, 225 West 232 Street and
    2413 Clarendon Road

    [Updated at 5:30 p.m.] Thirty-three Section 8 recipients sued the New York City Housing Authority Monday, blaming the agency’s new computer and phone systems for the loss of their housing vouchers, which has allegedly caused them to pay additional rent and endure lengthy housing court proceedings. The two federal lawsuits, filed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, claim NYCHA failed to send or process the annual paperwork needed to renew subsidies, notify participants of hearings to challenge program terminations, or adjust tenant contributions after changes in family income. … [more]


  • Zeyn Soylemez is charged with burglarizing Turtle Bay buildings, including 238 East 50th Street. A super says Soylemez worked with a male partner.

    A woman accused of burglarizing a string of Turtle Bay buildings claimed to be a real estate broker to get in to at least one of them, witnesses say.

    Zeyn Soylemez, 37, who was arrested on March 29, faces 16 counts of burglary and possession of stolen property for incidents at five apartments in two buildings, though she appears to have gained access to other addresses, too.

    Soylemez does not appear to be a broker; her name does not turn up on the website of the Department of State, which licenses them.

    But last year, at 344 East 49th Street, Soylemez and an unidentified man (whom the district attorney’s office is looking for, according to sources) told Mike Perman, the building’s superintendent, that they were brokers and interested in showing a pair of empty second-floor apartments. … [more]

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    Andrew Cuomo and Seth Diamond

    When he introduced the 2011 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo eliminated half of the city’s $200 million funds for the Work Advantage program that put formerly homeless families in permanent housing, but a Manhattan court ruled the city must pay April’s rent for some 15,000 Work Advantage beneficiaries, the Daily News reported. The city had intended to end the program due to the lack of financing, but the Legal Aid Society of New York brought the city to court over the issue. … [more]

  • Aurora Loan Services, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, has been charged with denying four Brooklyn and Queens residents access to the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program. The program, which helps borrowers stave off foreclosure by refinancing their home loans, provides capped incentives to servicers who participate. The plaintiffs, represented by the Legal Aid Society of New York City, have alleged that Aurora refused to consider their loans for modification under the program and that Treasury officials did not step in to protect their rights to due process. The class action lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., and seeks to force Aurora to provide reasons for denial of access to HAMP, as well as prior notice and an appeals process. [Housing Wire]