‘Mahfar Tenants Coalition’ Holding Impromptu Press Conference Today About Toxic Living Conditions at Mahfar Properties
Fed-up tenants from a collection of Samy Mahfar-owned buildings have organized to fight back. Right under his nose.
Two months in the making, the Mahfar Tenants Coalition is a nascent grassroots group aimed at combating the controversial (nay, hated) landlord and his purported harassment tactics. And unsafe living conditions. We are told that members of the organization are culled from several of his Lower East Side properties.
Their first major play is a surprise press conference at 12:30pm today, co-organized by the Cooper Square Committee and CAAAV. The goal of the publicity stunt is to shine a light on the unsafe lead levels at both 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington, and demand that Mahfar follow city, state, and federal regulations with regard to lead mitigation (i.e. presuming all pre-1960 buildings have lead and require abatement). You’ll recall that residents at the former were subjected to toxic amounts of lead dust; health inspectors turned up evidence that was approximately 3,000 times higher than the EPA-mandated limit.
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102 Norfolk St.
Local politicians are expected to speak on the constant problems at nearly all of the Mahfar-owned buildings, including Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Tenants from some of the affected properties will also give a piece of mind. A petition is making the rounds, calling for the city to reform the lead laws to deter this type of action.
Time: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 @ 12:30PM
Location: In front of 210 Rivington Street (corner of Pitt)