Monday, August 10, 2009

3rd term tweeder is a slumlord

From the Daily News:

A Brooklyn City Councilman has 26 open violations at a Flatbush apartment building he owns - including a rat infestation he has failed to clean up for eight years, the Daily News has learned.

Councilman Kendall Stewart, landlord of the building at 1740-46 Nostrand Ave., was hit with a rat violation in 2001 that he has never fixed.

Under city code, landlords are required to fix such serious violations in 24 hours.

Other problems at the building include exposed electrical wiring, crumbling floors, mice and roaches, records show.

Tenants said lack of heat is also a problem.

When confronted with the litany of violations and problems, a Stewart campaign spokeswoman said the councilman "inherited many challenges when he took ownership of this property." Records show he bought the building in 1991.

Stewart (D-East Flatbush), who is up for reelection this year, made headlines in 2003 for having a whopping 144 violations at the building - including peeling lead paint, broken locks and a lack of heat and hot water.

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