City says it accidentally awarded rent break to Brooklyn’s acting DA

Eric Gonzalez, 48, earns $210K per year, but saved $1,760 from program designed to help seniors

TRD New York /
Mar.March 31, 2017 03:00 PM

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez had $80 per month knocked off the monthly rent at his Williamsburg apartment for nearly two years, thanks to a bureaucratic blunder made by the city.

The rent break is for senior citizens who make less than $50,000 year, the New York Daily News reported. Gonzalez, who has been acting in the role following the death of District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, earns $210,00 per year and is 48 years old, according to the newspaper.

The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program was accidentally applied to Gonzalez’s Mitchell-Lama apartment, housing officials told the paper. The city said that it first started in May 2015, after an eligible senior citizen applied for the exemption and it was award to Gonzalez instead.

Gonzalez saved around $1,760 from the benefit, and he has agreed to pay it back, according to the newspaper. A spokesperson for Gonzalez, Lis Smith, said he did not notice the break on his monthly statements.

“He was focused on the fact that his rent went up because of rent increases and surcharges and not on other details in the monthly bill,” Smith said. “He wasn’t paying attention to the little details in his rent bill.”

A housing spokesperson said the agency believes it was an isolated incident, and that an “internal audit” is now underway.

This week, a New York State Supreme Court judge upheld a rent freeze on certain one-year leases. A landlord group, the Rent Stabilization Association, had tried to argue the freeze on rent-stabilized units was politically motivated and didn’t take owners’ costs into account.  [NYDN]Miriam Hall


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Simon and David Reuben with an aerial view of the San Juan resevoir (Credit: Wikipedia)

Reuben Brothers scoop up 618-acre property outside Madrid

Reuben Brothers scoop up 618-acre property outside Madrid
Number 22 Bishopsgate

Trophy office towers could become a thing of the past in London

Trophy office towers could become a thing of the past in London
Rana Creek Ranch (Credit: Hall & Hall)

Lesser-known Apple co-founder re-lists 14,000-acre California ranch

Lesser-known Apple co-founder re-lists 14,000-acre California ranch
A mass timber project in Cleveland is now under construction and could be the nation’s tallest when completed. Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors’ Intro development will rise nine stories with 298 residential units (Credit: Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors)

Mass timber project in Cleveland could be nation’s tallest

Mass timber project in Cleveland could be nation’s tallest
Realty Board on Labor Relations president Howard Rothschild and 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg (Credit: Facebook, Linkedin)

Negotiating in a pandemic: 32BJ, landlords reach reopening deal

Negotiating in a pandemic: 32BJ, landlords reach reopening deal
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...