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Gotham faces rent overcharge lawsuit in Hell’s Kitchen

first_imgGotham’s Joel Picket and Gotham West (Gotham Organization)Tenants allege that the Gotham Organization overcharged them by revoking utility credits in leases at three large Hell’s Kitchen apartment buildings — credits that the landlord says were issued by mistake.Attorneys representing the tenants filed the lawsuit in state court Friday seeking class-action status for tenants at three complexes. At nearly 800 income-restricted units, Gotham nixed utility credits in thousands of leases starting in June 2019, the suit says.In response, some tenants have not signed their renewal leases. Gotham, in turn, has brought holdover eviction proceedings which are still pending, according to the lawsuit, which seeks treble damages for the revoked credits, attorney fees, court costs, and additional damages for tenants at 510, 530, and 550 West 45th Street (called Gotham West), and 511 West 44th Street.ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, a Gotham spokesperson said that the original credits were a mistake — the result of a “clerical error by prior management” — and that it was working with elected officials and government agencies to legally remove the credits. In the meantime, the company said, it has restored the rent discounts and frozen further revocations.“We have gone through an exhaustive process to correct prior management’s mistake and are confident we will prevail in what is a frivolous lawsuit,” said Chris Allred, Gotham’s compliance director.Read moreHigh court decision win for landlordsGotham plans massive mixed-use building on far west sideGotham sued for unpaid rent at Park Avenue office Tags Message* The problem for Gotham is that because that discounted rent was registered with the state, it’s now the official registered rent.Attorneys for the plaintiffs declined to comment.The lawsuit alleges that Gotham included the utility credits repeatedly in new leases and renewals and used them as a selling point as the firm was “struggling to fill the units in their newly constructed buildings.”In a court filing, the plaintiffs show advertised rents which included the utility credits, as well as correspondence which indicates the credits were part of the lease agreement.A one-bedroom, income-restricted apartment in one of the buildings is currently advertised on StreetEasy for $1,607, after concessions. The apartments boast new, full-size, stainless steel appliances and ample storage.Developers receive state and federal subsidies in exchange for restricting tenants’ incomes and rents. For the property owner, the affordability component comes with significant regulatory oversight.In this case, the Gotham buildings’ 421a tax abatement places the apartments under rent regulation for the duration of the benefit. Rent increases on renewed leases are set each year by the Rent Guidelines Board. But in one case, the lawsuit alleges, a lease renewal revoked a $55 utility credit, amounting to a nearly 6 percent rent increase — more than the 2.5 percent allowed by the board for a two-year lease.Compounding the dilemma for the landlord, the 2019 rent law greatly increased the financial liability for overcharges by expanding the look-back period for treble damages from four years to six. Triple damages for a wrongfully revoked $55 utility credit would be $1,980 per year.If class-action status were granted and attorneys for the plaintiffs can identify the “thousands” of tenants who lost credits, overcharge damages alone could be nearly $2 million. A lengthy period of discovery would also allow for significant legal fees — all to be paid by the landlord should the plaintiffs prevail.The tenants, however, are not only seeking damages for overcharges but for an alleged breach of the building’s regulatory agreements.The 421a benefit comes from a state law and rents are registered with the state’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal, but the abatement is administered by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Moreover, the Gotham buildings are financed with federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Such complicated frameworks sometimes leave property owners and tenants wondering who the referee is.According to documents provided by a source close to Gotham’s thinking, one plaintiff in the lawsuit petitioned Homes and Community Renewal for a review of possible overcharges but the agency ruled in January that it lacked jurisdiction.A spokesperson for Gotham said the agency reached the same conclusion in 19 similar complaints.Contact Georgia Kromrei Full Name* gotham organizationhell’s kitchenReal Estate Lawsuitsrent regulationRental Market Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

3 dead in soccer riot in Honduras as opposing fans attack team bus

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Three people were killed during riots before a soccer match in Honduras late Saturday when opposing fans attacked a team bus and chaos broke out between spectators and police. At least 10 other people were injured, some seriously, according to the Honduran Red Cross.The game between Motagua and Olimpia was called off due to the riots.The rioting broke out after a group of Olimpia fans allegedly attacked the team bus carrying Motagua players at the stadium. Three players suffered minor injuries, according to the team.The club tweeted photos of their bus with holes in the windows from objects being thrown threw them.“Motagua Soccer Club will not be present for the match against Olimpia due to the acts of vandalism that our team suffered by fans of the Ultra Faithful on their way to the national stadium, where we have several players injured by glass,” the team wrote on Twitter in Spanish.Defender Roberto Moreira, goalkeeper Jonathan Rougier and winger Emilio Izaguirre were the three players injured by broken glass, the team said. The club shared photos of them in a local hospital being treated for cuts from the glass shards.Riot police were forced to fire off tear gas to subdue the fans who were fighting inside and outside the stadium.Liga SalvaVida, the Honduran league both clubs compete in, apologized for the incident.“La Liga SalvaVida condemns the deplorable acts of violence that took place tonight between fans of Club Deportiva Olimpia and Futbol Club Motagua on the outskirts of the national stadium of Tegucigalpa and in which, according to information from the capital’s medical centers, there have been victims and those seriously injured,” the league said in a statement translated from Spanish.Motague is refusing to play a makeup game against Olimpia and wants the team sanctioned by the league, ESPN reported.“La Liga SalvaVida strongly expresses its repudiation of violence inside and outside the stadium, because football must be and will be the passion that unites the Honduran family. To the families of the victims, our sincere condolences and solidarity in these moments,” the league added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 18, 2019 /Sports News – National 3 dead in soccer riot in Honduras as opposing fans attack team buscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Sri Lanka Navy Apprehends Suspicious Multi-day Fishing Trawler

first_img View post tag: Naval Sri Lanka Navy Apprehends Suspicious Multi-day Fishing Trawler January 11, 2012 Sri Lanka Navy apprehended the multi-day fishing vessel, which was to take the 22 persons bound for Australia.The arrest was made in the early hours on 10th January 2012 at the Hambantota Fishing Marshalling Point. Four persons including the boat’s skipper were taken into custody and they were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.The Navy launched an extensive search operation to track down the vessel which was to take the 22 persons, who were arrested while attempting to flee the country seeking illegal entry into Australia. The arrest was made close to mid-night on 06th January 2012 at Rakawa in Tangalle. The main operative involved and the provisions made ready for the illegal journey were too taken into custody at the rendezvous point.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 11, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: fishing View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Suspicious View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Apprehends Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Apprehends Suspicious Multi-day Fishing Trawler View post tag: Trawler View post tag: Sri View post tag: Multi-Day Share this articlelast_img read more

John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Concludes Port Visit to Dubai, UAE

first_img View post tag: Group View post tag: Concludes John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Concludes Port Visit to Dubai, UAE View post tag: Navy The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) got underway Feb. 5, following a four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, Dubai.During the port visit, Sailors experienced the local culture by participating in a variety of tours sponsored by Stennis’ Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) division. In addition, football fans gathered in the hangar bay of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on the morning of Feb. 4 to watch the Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on a motion picture display.Additionally, Sailors participated in a variety of community engagement projects.Sailors from Stennis and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) helped clean and repair a local church, played basketball and read books to children at a special needs school.“I’m honored to have the opportunity to spend my time with the children here,” said Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Kalifornia Hartsfield, from Los Angeles. “Doing things like this helps keep me grounded and provides me with priceless memories that will last a lifetime.”JCSCSG, consisting of John C. Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and Mobile Bay are forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 12, 2013 View post tag: C. View post tag: Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Concludes Port Visit to Dubai, UAE View post tag: Dubai View post tag: John February 12, 2013 View post tag: UAE View post tag: to Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit View post tag: Strike View post tag: Stennis View post tag: Naval View post tag: port Share this articlelast_img read more

Widespread Panic’s Vocalist & Tour Manager Teamed Up For RSM Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament Last Month

first_img[H/T The Caddie Network] Members of Widespread Panic know a thing or two about putting together a fantastic rock concert. The veteran jam band and its crew have spent plenty of time in venues and onstage since forming at the University of Georgia back in the 1980s, and surely knows the ins and outs of each other’s musical talents and collaborative teamwork. Navigating a golf course sand trap on a Par 4 however, is a completely different beast, but one which WSP singer/guitarist John Bell and tour manager Steve Lopez can manage with ease. So it should not surprise anyone who’s played or toured with the two musically-inclined golfers that the two participated in the RSM Classic on Sea Island, Georgia for some real pro-am tournament experience last month.Lopez caddied for Bell at the tournament, which also acted as a fundraiser thrown by professional golfer, Davis Love III, whose son is apparently a big fan of Widespread Panic. The leisure sport’s connection with the band goes way back to when Lopez was still just an equipment manager for WSP and would notice that some of the crew, as well as Bell, brought their golf clubs on the road as they trekked from city to city.“They reached out to have JB perform during the tournament, if not, to be part of the pro-am,” Lopez mentioned as The Caddie Network on the topic of how he and Bell got involved in the tournament. “He sat and thought for a while and said, ‘Why not? Let’s play the pro-am … From watching on TV, I kind of knew what I was doing or pretended like I knew what I was doing.”The two men were paired with U.S. Open and Players Cup champion Webb Simpson for the tournament. Bell may have held his own in terms of how he played throughout the event, but it was the laid-back vibes from the two WSP team members that impressed Simpson and his caddie the most.Related: Dickey Betts Compares Himself To Tiger Woods In New Interview“When we get paired with musicians or actors or anything else, they’re so used to being the center of attention that they seem to act like they’re the center of attention,” Simpson’s caddie Paul Tesori said of their rock star teammates. “That man was humble, kind, respectful … He asked as much about my family and Webb’s family as anything else. And his caddie, Steve, was amazing. It hugely stuck out to me the amount of humility they had.”Bell and Lopez may not have won the tournament, but they did walk away with more experience, some fun stories, and a prize-worthy caddie bag which the band will be putting to good use. Callaway Golf provided Lopez with a customized bag with his name and the band logo stitched onto the side. The bag has since been signed by all the professional golfers who participated in the tournament and will be auctioned off to benefit the band’s Tunes for Tots program.last_img read more

Bird’s-eye view of spring

first_imgThe calendar of events at Harvard this semester is packed with activities to carry you through the spring.A trio of iconic filmmakers and a Pulitzer-winning author are giving free talks. The science museums are rolling out a fresh slate of innovative exhibits.If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day-themed outing, hit Oberon and test your pop-culture acumen at the “Old School Game Show.”Those determined to stick to their New Year’s resolutions may find Daniel H. Pink’s talk on the science of perfect timing helpful. And when cabin fever sets in around spring break, plenty of events are on tap to keep minds active and dispel the winter doldrums. — Compiled by Rebecca Coleman* * *Good news for cinephiles,* * *Health and happiness,* * * Science and technology,* * *Valentine’s Day,* * *For book lovers,* * *Family-friendly,* * *Dance, visual arts, musiclast_img read more

Tips for building lasting financial relationships with millennials

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The words “lasting” and “Millennial Generation” don’t typically seem to go together. Most people’s false stereotypes of the Millennials include they are over-praised whiners, kids who jump from fad to fad, and a group that is more concerned about technology connection than personal interaction.However, according to a recent e-book from Credit Union Student Choice, financial institutions can successfully connect and build relationships with Gen. Y. Offering more than just theory and a bunch of statistics most people already know, Millennials: How Credit Unions Can Build, Strengthen and Maintain Lasting Relationships provides practical tips and suggestions for reaching this key demographic. And at 38 pages in e-book format you can quickly review the pertinent points.In all honesty, it is one of the best resources I’ve read in many years on a topic (reaching the Millennial Generation) near and dear to almost every financial institution. It has many answers to questions credit unions and banks are asking when it comes to reaching Gen. Y. Like, “who are these people,” “how do they really like to be treated,” and “what changes should financial institutions make to connect with them?” continue reading »last_img read more

Ian Wright singles out Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin for praise after Sheffield United victory

first_img Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises SakaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 14:00FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises Sakahttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenals-2-1-win-sheff-utd-praises-saka-2262874/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s very difficult to stop in these situations so it’s up to Arsenal to get the ball to him quicker. That’s where he’s at his best.’On Arsenal’s season so far, Wright said: ‘It’s very early days.‘They’ve got some tough fixtures coming up which will be a test but, at the moment, keep on winning and keeping that momentum is important.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal board after missing out on Houssem Aouar transferMORE: Patrice Evra hails ‘amazing’ Arsenal star after Sheffield United victory Advertisement Hector Bellerin helped Arsenal clinch a deserved win in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘Hector Bellerin deserves a lot of credit. He’s had a hand in both goals there. I’m pleased with the way it’s going for him because there was a period when the fans were getting a little frustrated with him.‘But since lockdown he’s been really, really good for us.’Wright added: ‘This is where you want Nicolas Pepe playing. There’s been times where he’s been covered and he can’t open his legs or get going. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 6:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Ian Wright has reacted to Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield United (Picture: Premier League)Ian Wright singled out Hector Bellerin for praise after Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield United in the Premier League.Sheffield United kept the Gunners at bay for 60 minutes at the Emirates on Sunday before Bukayo Saka headed home from Bellerin’s inviting cross.Just four minutes later, Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe made a superb run down the right wing and slotted home to double the Gunners’ lead.David McGoldrick curled home Sheffield United’s first goal of the season late on but Arsenal held on for a deserved victory in north London.ADVERTISEMENTWright was pleased with his former club’s performance and singled out Bellerin for praise after Arsenal moved to fourth in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told Premier League productions: ‘They needed to up their game in the second half and they did that. They showed their quality.center_img Advertisement Comment Ian Wright singles out Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin for praise after Sheffield United victorylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement in Support of All Pennsylvania Workers as Supreme Court Hears JANUS Case

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 26, 2018 Governor Wolf Statement in Support of All Pennsylvania Workers as Supreme Court Hears JANUS Casecenter_img Jobs That Pay,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – As the Supreme Court of the United States hears opening arguments on Janus v. AFSCME, Governor Wolf offered the following statement in support of Pennsylvania workers and the collective bargaining that has helped workers inside and outside of unions:“As this case attempts to take us backwards, we must charge in the opposite direction and make the economy work for all Pennsylvanians. If the Janus case is decided against workers, they could lose the right to have their voices heard in their workplace. As a former business owner, I know that it is great workers that make companies successful and when workers are well-treated, their success is even greater.“Unfortunately, for special interests that are driven by profits, Janus v. AFSCME is part of decades-long effort to destroy unions. Special interest groups have formed throughout the country with the goal of weakening unions, and making it easier for their donors to make money at the expense of working families.“Here in Pennsylvania we are going to fight for working families. A living wage and strong unions for workers will allow our economy to grow and strengthen Pennsylvania’s middle class. As the Supreme Court hears this case, we will do everything in our power to make sure Pennsylvanians can join together to fight for the good, union jobs our communities need.”Read Governor Wolf’s joint op-ed with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto here.last_img read more

This Beachmere property is a dream home for the new buyers

first_img33 Coronation Avenue, BeachmereA WATERFRONT home at Beachmere has sold for $1.3 million after more than three years on the market.Premium Realty principal Gayle Cox said a couple living in Dubai bought the property at 33 Coronation Ave.“They’re going to move back in about three years time, they’re just going to rent it out in the meantime,” Mrs Cox said.She said the home had many attractive features but its premium beachfront position and privacy was the selling point.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201933 Coronation Avenue, Beachmere“More than anything, it was the location,” Mrs Cox said.“When you’re sitting on the front lawn, people on the beach can’t see you because it’s elevated.“It’s a small street too, it doesn’t have a lot of traffic going through it.”It marked the top sale in the Morton region to the week ending February 26.Mrs Cox added that it was one of the top sales ever achieved in Beachmere. She said the market in the area was strong at the moment, especially being the closest suburb to the city with beachfront properties for sale around the $1 million mark.“It’s good buying and it’s only going to go up in value,” she said.last_img read more

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