QUINN'S RENT RANT AT 'VULTURE' LANDLORDS
By JOHN DOYLE, GEORGETT ROBERTS and SUSAN EDELMAN, NY Post
It's time to go after landlords who prey on vulnerable tenants, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn demanded yesterday after The Post reported a state employee had been charged with selling lists of rent-stabilized tenants to builders.
The employee, Keith James, 53, was arrested Aug. 12 on charges of illegally accessing computer records and giving out names of rent-stabilized tenants to developers.
Builders often target facilities with fewer or older rent-regulated tenants because those buildings are cheaper to redevelop.
"We have to find out who these names and lists were sold to, and those individuals should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law," an outraged Quinn said.
"Clearly, they didn't want this list to send these people holiday cards. They wanted this list to force people out of their homes."
Such behavior demonstrates the need for a newly passed law that bars harassment of tenants by landlords, Quinn said.
"If they didn't have someone to sell the list to they wouldn't have a currency for this," Quinn said.
Additional reporting by Kathianne Boniello