Samy Mahfar Tenants File 3 More Lawsuits Alleging Harassment; Press Conference Planned Today
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For the embattled tenants of SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) properties across the neighborhood – collectively the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance – it’s a full court press. Word just came down the pike that residents in three other buildings are filing a lawsuit against the controversial landlord (210 Rivington, 22 Spring, 102 Norfolk). The legal action arrives more than a month after 113 Stanton Street did the same, and just weeks after alleged gas line tampering was uncovered at 22 Spring Street.
An official announcement of the offensive maneuver is planned for this morning at 11am; a press conference at the headquarters of Cooper Square Committee, 61 East Fourth Street.
A powerful coalition of local politicians and grassroots advocate groups will be in attendance. Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin will join the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance, Cooper Square Committee, CAAAV, and the Urban Justice Center.
“The lawsuit will call for an end to Mahfar’s harassment, for proper lead mitigation, and for Mahfar to respect rent stabilized tenants’ rights,” notes a press release on the matter. The coalition is “calling for Department of Buildings reform to better protect tenants during construction.”