Clayton’s Corner: Dr. Dave’s Fundraising Success

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 at 9:25 am by and

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Photo: Clayton Patterson

Local general practicioner Dr. David Ores has been providing medical services to low-income and uninsured residents of the Lower East Side for two decades.

One week ago, Dr. Dave (as neighbors refer to him) organized a desperate crowdfunding plea to remain in his office on East Second Street. He had recently learned of a $30,000 debt of backtaxes to landlord, LES People’s Mutual Housing Association. Ores initially thought that the building had a J-51 tax break status, and thus precluded him from paying property tax. Not the case, apparently.

EV Grieve broke the news, and it quickly rose through the media food chain to mainstream. As a result, the online fundraiser was hugely successful. Dr. Dave raised more than $35,500 in eight days. And there’s still time left.

Dr. Dave posted the following on his Facebook page:

Case adjourned until Sept 5thThey think they can arrive at an agreement and settle out of court. All donated funds are in escrow and will be used to pay taxes as part of eventual settlement. NOT getting evicted if we can settle.

Clayton Patterson sends us the above image of the check for funds collected.

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