In early May, the New York Supreme Court issued a blow to New Ram Realty, (aka Harshad Patel, et al) by siding with the landlord of the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express (KCM Realty Company), located at 59-40 55 Road, in declaring that New Ram's arrangement with the NYC Department of Homeless Services and Acacia Network violated the terms of their land lease. The court:
The lease is a privately recorded transaction, so we cannot tell you what “remedies” are listed in it, but there are land leases that allow for property seizure in the case of breach of contract. Let’s hope this is one of them.
Citizens for a Better Maspeth, the organization that fundraised in an effort to fight the proposed shelter and filed a partially successful Article 78, is now consulting with attorneys to determine if any action could be taken on its part to hasten a vacate of the hotel by the City and Acacia. New Ram has filed an appeal.
There is now a proposal to swap a Maspeth school located at PS9 on 57th Street for a shelter proposed at 78-16 Cooper Ave in Glendale. PS9 was formerly PS86 which many older Maspeth residents attended in their youth. The school is now a special needs facility in District 75. Council Member Robert Holden wants a state of the art school built at Cooper Ave for special education students and expects PS9 students to be relocated there. He has confirmed that the DHS would like to convert PS9's school building into a shelter. CBM still has $42,221.64 left from the fundraising push to stop the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express, and will be allocating it as necessary to stop a shelter at PS9.
The following letters were recently submitted to the judge in the matter of KCM Realty, LLP vs. New Ram Realty, LLC:
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The details about the O'Neill's rezoning can be found here. Please make sure to register your opinion by contacting council member Holden by the end of the month.
In 2007, then-Comptroller William Thompson reimbursed residents who could prove that their property had been damaged by flooding due to negligence on DEP's part. We have reached out to Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, and he is investigating whether we could file claims over the flooding experienced this month. We'll let you know when he finds out.
Courtesy of COMET:
"Captain Mastronardi, 104th Precinct, wants to alert folks that mailbox "fishing" has seen a large increase in the command and this even includes the new retrofitted mailboxes. He is urging folks to use the post office, not a mailbox. If this is occurring in the confines of the 104th Precinct, it can happen anywhere. Please pass the word."