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East Village tenants, politicians target Jared Kushner

Groups decry management of renovations on pair of buildings on East 2nd Street
September 26, 2014 09:00AM

East Village tenants and politicians are claiming that Jared Kushner is not respecting his tenants’ rights at 170and 174 East 2nd Street.

The critics say that they will hold the landlord accountable if the management of renovations doesn’t improve. In 2013, a group of tenants took Kushner to court for allegedly failing to provide heat and hot water.

Earlier this month, City Council member Rosie Mendez and Borough President Gale Brewer led a rally outside Kushner’s buildings.

Ceiling collapses, unannounced utility stoppages, incessant pounding and construction-related dust are part of the complaints, according to The Villager.

“Their pattern of responding after the fact to critical issues which could have been anticipated shows a complete lack of concern to prevent emergencies, maintain services and protect the daily lives of the tenants,” Cypress Dubin, a resident of 174 East 2nd Street told the newspaper. A representative from Westminster City Living, the buildings’ management company, said that management has been trying to address the situation.

About 70 percent of the residents have moved out since Kushner bought the buildings late last year. [The Villager] — Claire Moses