From the Daily News:
A top official at the embattled Board of Elections has let a landmark brownstone she owns on the upper West Side become a neighborhood nightmare.
Community leaders have spent years pleading with Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the Board of Election’s chief clerk in Brooklyn, to unload the vacant and decrepit townhouse on W. 76th St.
The 123-year-old building, which city records show she bought for just $5,000 in 1976, could fetch as much as $5.5 million today, according to real estate brokers — yet Haslett-Rudiano refuses to sell.
And so the building slips into further disrepair by the day.
More than $12,000 in back taxes and 20 Buildings Department violations have piled up, records show. Last month, the Landmarks Preservation Commission slapped Haslett-Rudiano with a violation for failing to maintain the cornice, threatening a fine of $5,000 a day.
“It’s a tragedy,” says Judy Samuels, a teacher who has lived in an adjacent townhouse since 1984.
Another neighbor, Kristine Reynal, a banker, calls the dilapidated building a “health concern and a safety concern.”
“I am horrified that this public figure is so negligent and disrespectful,” she said.
The brownstone is in such disrepair, it was named one of the five ugliest buildings on the upper West Side last year by the West Side Spirit.