Croman gets until 2023 to pay final $2M in tenant restitution

first_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tagscenter_img Steven Croman (Getty, Supreme Court of the State of New York/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Landlord Steve Croman has bought himself extra time to pay off the remaining $2 million he owes tenants, thanks to hundreds of vacancies across his rental portfolio.Croman agreed in 2017 to pay tenants $8 million to settle allegations that he harassed them out of their rent-regulated apartments. The deadline for paying the final $2 million installment of the settlement was Dec. 31, 2020.In a Dec. 11 email, Croman’s attorneys said he couldn’t make the payment in a “timely manner,” due to the pandemic and its resulting economic downturn. The attorneys pointed to 450 rentals, representing 17 percent of Croman’s real estate portfolio, that are sitting vacant, the bulk of which are “free market and commercial.”ADVERTISEMENTAs a result, New York County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler set up a new schedule for Croman, allowing him to make 27 monthly payments of just over $74,000 between January 2021 and March 2023.But some are unhappy about the extension. Cynthia Chaffee, a founder of the Stop Croman Coalition who lives in one of the landlord’s buildings on East 18th Street, said she didn’t understand why the judge granted Croman’s request. She questioned what proof he was required to provide to demonstrate that he was financially hurting, noting that Croman has purchased more than a dozen properties since his release from prison.“How can he claim that he doesn’t have the money to pay the restitution?” she asked. “Are they just taking him on his word?”Assembly member Linda Rosenthal said the vacancies and resulting financial hardship are likely Croman’s own doing. The landlord has previously been accused of using illegal tactics to drive out tenants, then flipping the units, using a now-defunct provision of the state’s rent law that allowed the deregulation of vacant apartments.“I call this the orphan defense,” she said. “It’s like someone killed their parents, and are on trial and then say, ‘Have pity, I’m an orphan.’”She added, “We know that he has held units off the market for years.”Rosenthal said the state needs to investigate if Croman intentionally kept units vacant, a practice called warehousing that landlords warned would result from the 2019 changes to the rent law. New York doesn’t prohibit landlords from keeping apartments vacant, though Rosenthal has introduced legislation that would fine owners who keep rent-regulated apartments empty.An attorney for Croman’s company, which recently rebranded as Centennial Properties NY, said that the reason for the change in the payment schedule was provided to the state Attorney General’s office and the court.“The company remains focused on diligently implementing the settlement agreement in line with its focus on using best practices to provide quality housing for its residents,” the attorney said. He would not provide further details on the vacant rentals.A representative from the Attorney General’s office declined to comment.Earlier this month, Rosenthal wrote a letter calling on the state’s housing regulator to audit Croman’s portfolio to see if the units were vacant before the pandemic. A representative for the Division of Homes and Community Renewal said the agency was reviewing the letter but could not confirm or comment on any pending audits.“New York State has zero tolerance for landlords who harass, intimidate or unlawfully overcharge tenants,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement, which noted that HCR’s Tenant Protection Unit had made the criminal case referral that led to Croman’s conviction.Croman was convicted in 2017 on mortgage and tax fraud charges and served eight months of a one-year prison sentence. He subsequently settled harassment allegations in a civil case by agreeing to pay tenants $8 million, and temporarily turned over management of more than 100 buildings to New York City Management, a private company selected by the state.He has since faced several other lawsuits. Most recently, tenants of 159 Stanton Street have alleged that more than half of the building has been empty for more than five years and that the property is plagued by a rodent and roach infestation, the Village Sun reported.Under Croman’s consent decree with the court, the landlord could request to take back control of up to 20 buildings on the one- and three-year anniversary of the agreement. He is slated to resume management of all of his properties in 2023.“Not one building should be back to him until every penny of the restitution is paid,” Chaffee said. “The tenants feel that he has gotten off with a slap on the wrist.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Message* CoronavirusPoliticsSteve Cromanlast_img read more

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Just In: Connie Robinson Resigns From Local Democratic Party

first_imgConnie Robinson Resigns From Local Democratic PartyMay 22, 20199:30 AMDear Chairman Scott Danks,I am writing to resign the affiliation that I have had for many years with the Democratic Party of Vanderburgh CountyAfter allegations of racist activities in a Democratic primary campaign and malicious statements made against an African-American community activist during a recent Evansville City Council meeting, I came to the conclusion that the local Democratic Party has become a party of regression and racist sentiments that my conscience will no longer allow me to be a part of.The Democratic Party’s leadership which fails to take a stand or make a statement condemning these actions is in effect condoning both.I have watched in the last four years as the “Party of the People” has dissolved into a party of intolerance.I will finish out my term as an Independent who is not identified by party affiliation, but instead by the principles that guide those of us who believe that this community is for all people and not just a few backward political operatives who sit on the City Council.It seems that the Democratic Party is no longer a party that welcomes people who look like me. I can only hope that someday it will change and welcome substantive inclusion.RespectfullyConnie Robinson FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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How Dell Helps Female Students See What They Can Be

first_imgThis innovative mentoring program connects female students within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to female mentors at Dell. The Ireland events were attended by 75 students and 75 experienced industry mentors with a panel of speakers from within and outside of Dell.“The overall aim of the program is to encourage and empower female students to graduate and join the growing number of women pursuing exciting careers in science and technology” said Gillian Bergin who works as a programs director for the Dell EMC group and sits as director of the board for [email protected] European Tech Cluster.The genesis of the program rose from a discussion last year between myself, a member of Dell’s Talent Acquisition team, and University College Cork (UCC) student Louise Fox at a networking event. The alarming rate of females dropping out of computer science studies within third level colleges was a point of concern for us both. This sparked the idea of providing those students access to real life mentors and role models within Dell. The STEM Aspire program co-ordinates events for females studying computer science including speed mentoring, a book club, site tours and inspirational talks from female leaders within Dell. The program is now expanding to sites in Europe and the U.S.In the words of Marian Wright Edelman – “You cannot be what you cannot see.” It’s important for these students to be able to visualise their career possibilities and to be inspired by females who have blazed this trail before them. As a diverse company, we at Dell are able to provide these students with realistic role models at every level- we have female software engineers, developers, testers, tech support, IT program managers and directors, and board-level VPs – all delighted with the opportunity to share their experience and offer advice and encouragement.In the Cork site, Bergin also addressed the group sharing her tips on what she calls “nat-working” or “natural networking.” She urged both students and mentors to use every networking opportunity to promote the female STEM story in a positive light adding that “careers in tech are creative, exciting and rewarding and it’s up to all of us to share that message and support each other in our career journeys.”She added that “having female mentors is proven to enhance women’s motivation and aspirations. Women who don’t know other women in STEM are likely to feel more isolated, which can undermine confidence. We want to address this issue by providing access to an empowering mentoring program.”Student Louise Fox (above right), now in her final year of computer science studies and the first STEM Aspire Student Ambassador, also shared her experience within the program. “I would highly recommend this program to any student looking to gain an insight into working life. It is a great opportunity to develop professional relationships with industry experts,” she said. “It has opened my eyes to the myriad of exciting careers I can pursue with a STEM qualification and the right mentoring support. The potential that stems from this program is invaluable.” On Wednesday 1st February, Dell launched an exciting new mentoring program for female computer science students at our three sites in Ireland.last_img read more

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Waitress’ Caitlin Houlahan Reveals What’s in Her Dream Pie

first_imgCaitlin Houlahan photographed at the Monarch Lounge(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Waitress Age: 25Hometown: Aurora, OHCurrent Role: Caitlin Houlahan plays Dawn, the shy waitress who finds friendship (and maybe even love) working at Joe’s Pie Diner in Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress.Stage & Screen Cred: Waitress marks Houlahan’s Broadway debut. Her stage credits include the first national tour of Bridges of Madison County, Parade at Lincoln Center, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theory of Relativity and Carrie. She made her television debut in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! as Jane. Look for her in the forthcoming final season of HBO’s Girls. Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Commentslast_img read more

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Small Engine Repair

first_imgIs anything more frustrating than finding time to mow your lawn only to discover your lawn mower won’t start? Keeping a chainsaw running is a chore, too. A University of Georgia class, set for April 11, will teach the basic skills needed to maintain small garden and landscape tools and save money in the process.Participants will learn how to properly select common garden and landsapce equipment, sharpen hand tools, knives and chainsaws, tune motors and properly prepare engines for long-term storage. The course will also cover the most important tools to have on hand to help maintain and repair landscape equipment. The class will be taught from 9 a.m. until noon in room 105 of the Student Learning Center on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturist Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The cost of the course is $39. Pre-registration is required by calling Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214 or sending an email to [email protected]last_img read more

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One-man show chronicles the life of Clarence Darrow

first_img One-man show chronicles the life of Clarence Darrow A 48-star flag, three dark wooden chairs, a table, and dramatic flair will bring legendary defense lawyer Clarence Darrow to life at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando.Actor Paul Morella plays Darrow in “A Passion for Justice: The Clarence Darrow Story,” by Jack Marshall and Terry Kester, as part of the Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section and the Chester Bedell Foundation, on Friday, June 27, at the Orlando Marriott World Center. (See the May issue of the Bar Journal for registration information or The Florida Bar Web site: www.flabar.org.)“I like to think it’s the spirit of Darrow doing the show,” said Morella, taking a break in rehearsals for another performance. “I’m just the convoy he channels through.”Morella, son of an attorney, is no stranger to lawyer roles, having played attorney Jarreld Schwab opposite Julia Roberts in The Pelican Briefs, appeared as prosecuting attorney Horace Gilmer in the world premier of To Kill a Mockingbird, and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance as Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s epic, Angels in America. An MFA (acting) graduate of Catholic University, Morella, 46, also teaches persuasion techniques as part of the Trial Practice Program at the Washington College of Law.Morella said the idea for the show came when he was working with Marshall and Kester on the one-man Darrow play, initially made famous by Henry Fonda, to be performed in Washington, D.C. But at the same time a national road show of the play was on tour, and it exercised its option to prohibit any other performance of that script in Washington, one of its scheduled stops.“We said, ‘What would Clarence Darrow do?’ So we put together our own show,” Morella said. That included poring over books about Darrow, including his autobiography, and trial transcripts from all phases of his career. One of the books focused on Darrow’s celebrated defense of himself late in his career, when he was charged with attempting to bribe a juror in one of his cases. That book took the position Darrow actually attempted that act, even though he won his own acquittal.“He went through a sense of redemption and focus and decided to focus more on the individual and less on Clarence Darrow, and became a better person for that experience,” Morella said.Darrow is an compelling character, both for actors and lawyers, he said.“He has an incredible amount of material out there. He was a social philosopher, a reformer, a poet, a lawyer,” Morella said. “Law was the outlet he found to channel his gifts, his innate sympathy for his fellow man. If he found someone else in trouble, he couldn’t help but get involved. He would mesmerize juries for hours, sometimes speaking extemporaneously.”The performance, which can be tailored from about an hour to two hours, covers all aspects of Darrow’s career, from early labor cases to the Leopold and Loeb murder defense, to the Scopes Monkey trial to First Amendment issues.“I think the worst thing is his ego and his hubris, and in some ways that contributes to his best things. Because I think his enduring legacy is he had the uncanny ability to articulate what he wanted to say in the moment and yet recognize how it would resonate in future generations,” Morella said. “I don’t think you’d want to change a word in some of his summations.”Morella and his collaborators also tinkered with the form of the one-person play, which usually focuses on reminisces. For Darrow, he said the effort is to recreate parts of his illustrious career, with the audience becoming the jury as Morella is recreating a summation.Comments from those who have seen his performance in “The Clarence Darrow Story” have been glowing.“Impressive, absorbing.. . The material is legendary and Paul Morella plays Darrow impeccably; his fluidity in the role seems natural, almost effortless,” according to a reviewer from The Washington Post. “The presentation was truly great. The acclaim has been unanimous,” wrote John Hannah, Jr., chief judge of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, who hired Morella for a judicial program. One-man show chronicles the life of Clarence Darrowcenter_img June 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Matejcak Paul Matejcak is the Executive Account Manager of Mobile Products for LSC in Naperville, IL. He has been with the Illinois Credit Union System for three years. Before coming to … Web: lsc.net Details It’s no secret credit unions need to continually grow and attract new members, yet for a host of reasons, many still aren’t offering a mobile app. It’s a mobile world now. A good, fully-functional app is the smartest strategy to expand your membership and thrive in the next few years, decades, and beyond.  The catch is, today’s members aren’t typically the kind to stroll into the branch for information. Thus elephant fliesMore and more people are beginning to live their lives on mobile devices. It’s not just a guess.  A recent Nielsen study showed that, across all genders and ethnic backgrounds, 96% of the top mobile users range from age 18 – 44. The majority are under 30. Those could be the lifeblood of your credit union over the next few decades. Another study pointed out some of these same consumers are using their phones more than they are interacting with other human beings. They want easily accessible information and answers, and they do not want to have to talk to someone to get it. That means for your credit union to reach them, you need to be accessible on their phone. Not “by phone” . . . in it!    An elephant never forgetsUnfortunately, the truth is, if potential members don’t see an app, they’ll likely just keep on scrolling. Forget quick balance checks and money transfers. Today’s members want the transactions they do most on their phone or tablet.Remote Deposit – a simple click of a camera phone to deposit checks.ATM Locator – so they don’t have to call or drive around aimlessly looking for cash Mobile Loan Request –enable them to start the loan process from anyplace at any time, such as standing at the car dealership.The good news is, once a member sees they can perform the transactions they use most on your app, they’re more likely to think of your credit union first when life changes and new needs arise.  You can practically offer a good app for peanutsThere is a number of affordable customizable mobile platform available now that will work hand-in-hand with you to create the customized solution your credit union needs.“Justifying the cost of a mobile app has been the real challenge to this point,” said Lindsay Risiner, CEO/Manager of Louisiana’s Barton FCU, who recently worked with CU Mobile Apps to create her mobile app with their affordable CUMA Light platform. “But the functionality we’re enjoying is beyond anything we had expected to find within our budget. The start-up investment is a virtual steal.”Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant!With the right, affordable mobile platform, you show you’re providing the products and services your current members want, and those potential, tech-savvy members, especially Millennials, demand. Make the investment today to ensure your credit union’s success and growth. last_img read more

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Nussle urges CU giving in disaster relief message

first_imgCUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle Tuesday issued a video message urging credit union leaders to offer their financial support for credit union people affected by of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.Credit unions can offer support through CUAid, the National Credit Union Foundation’s online relief system.Referring to the “financial first responders”—credit union people who want serve others affected by the hurricanes with needed financial services–Nussle asked listeners to consider giving to help feed the cycle of recovery. “Please consider giving,” Nussle said. “It’s a way for you to help these financial first responders, and it’s way to help in the same way you would help people in your own community.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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AC Milan ready to offer £31m for Arsenal star Lucas Torreira

first_imgTorreira is wanted by Milan (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are ready to make an official offer for Arsenal star Lucas Torreira, according to reports in Italy.The Serie A side are keen to bring Torreira back to Italy after appointing their new head coach Marco Giampaolo.Torreira worked with Giampaolo at Sampdoria and the midfielder’s agent fuelled talk of a transfer move by admitting his player would find it hard to turn down his former manager.Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport now claim Arsenal would be willing to offload Torreira if Milan were to offer £45m or more for the Uruguayan.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Torreira only joined Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Milan though think an offer between £31m and £36m might be enough to tempt Arsenal to sell one of their most influential players.AdvertisementAdvertisementTorreira only joined Arsenal last summer in a £26m move from Sampdoria, becoming one of Unai Emery’s first signings as Arsenal boss.The 23-year-old was an instant hit with the Arsenal fans and has become a mainstay in the heart of the Gunners’ midfield. Torreira was one of Emery’s first signings (Picture: Getty)Torreira, along with his former team-mate Dennis Praet, are at the top of Giampaolo’s wishlist this summer as he aims to rejuvenate a struggling Milan side.Milan finished fifth in Serie A this season despite a massive injection of transfer funds in recent years.Emery himself is planning a busy summer, but has been held back in his pursuit of his top targets due to a modest transfer budget.The Arsenal boss has just £45m to spend and may be forced to offload players to raise further funds for signings.MORE: Hector Bellerin savages Tony Pulis and sends class message to former Arsenal teammate Serge GnabryMore: 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 Coral BarrySaturday 22 Jun 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kSharescenter_img AC Milan ready to offer £31m for Arsenal star Lucas Torreira Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Play, stay on city’s doorstep

first_imgArt House by Mirvac“The location is incredible – we are in a vibrant, culturally rich community. We really do intend to stay here forever,” Mr Francis said.“We’re close to everything South Brisbane has to offer like the State Library, GOMA and QPAC.”And their daily commute time? In just 15 minutes Mr Francis is at work. For Ms Schneider, it is a five-minute stroll to the office.Location is a big factor for many of those who call South Brisbane home.Census data shows the average age in South Brisbane is 30 – eight years below the national average – and the majority of residents are studying or working in white-collar professions.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe majority of residents are still renting, but a push by developers has seen the focus shift from investors to owner-occupiers, and in particular, first-home buyers.The median sales price for a unit in South Brisbane was $542,500, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.A handful of one and two-bedroom apartments at Art House remain, priced from $435,000.“South Brisbane is evolving into one of the most desirable hubs in the city, based on its proximity to South Bank, the Brisbane CBD and the Brisbane River,” Mirvac’s Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said.“South Brisbane is the ultimate playground of the city. This lifestyle destination is on the doorstop of our city’s favourite hot spots and is continuing to attract a wide variety of buyers, including young professionals, whether it be singles or couples, who don’t need to use a car to get around the city.”Eve South Brisbane, a 220-unit residential tower, is also nearing completion, as is Ivy, a 252-apartment 30-storey tower. Art House buyers Scott Francis and Claire SchneiderBrisbane lawyers Scott Francis and Claire Schneider have no intention of leaving their new South Brisbane home anytime soon.The couple have moved into their two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at Art House, the $115 million residential tower recently completed by Mirvac. Mirvac’s Lucid residential apartment development, South Brisbane.. Ivy and Eve, South Brisbane. Abacus Property Group.Both are being developed by Abacus Property Group and KPG Capital.Brisbane Casino Towers (Metro Property Development), Lucid (Mirvac), Brisbane 1 (R&F Properties), and Skyneedle by Pradella Group are under construction. Brisbane Casino Towers has sold outlast_img read more

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