Daily News: Queens Tenants Shouldn't Worry About Immigration Bias: De Blasio
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

The Legal Aid Society joined the Mayor’s Office and other elected officials at a rally last week in support of immigrant’s housing rights in Queens. This comes in response to reports of a local unscrupulous landlord who threatened to evict tenants if they did not provide valid immigration status.




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Queens Tenants Shouldn't Worry About Immigration Bias: De Blasio
By Catherina Gioino & Jillian Jorgensen
June 21, 2017

The de Blasio administration fanned out across Queens to inform residents of their rights after a landlord threatened to evict tenants based on their citizenship status.

"It's an appalling trend that we've seen in New York,” Nick Gulotta, the Queens Borough Director of the Community Affairs Unit said. “We're here to tell tenants you have rights and New York City has your back."

The “day of action” comes after the Daily News reported Monday that landlord Jaideep Reddy sent tenants in a Corona building a letter warning that if they didn’t show proof they were in the country legally, they’d be evicted.

That’s a violation of state and city laws protecting people from discrimination based on their immigrations status or country of origin. The city is blanketing neighborhoods along the Queens line with flyers in English, Spanish and Bengali to inform residents of those rights.

Regina Schwartz, director of the Public Engagement Unit, said they'd knocked on over 150,000 doors spreading the information.

Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) said the “political climate” — President Trump made a vow to deport undocumented immigrants a centerpiece of his campaign — lends itself actions like Reddy’s.

"To be honest with you, this is one of the most egregious we have seen because the landlord put into writing the most discriminatory letter,” he said.

Reddy was served with a cease and desist letter by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and if he doesn’t comply with the demands in the letter, he could face up to $250,000 in civil penalties.

The landlord also got a cease-and-desist letter from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, after Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) filed a complaint Monday with the AG’s office.

Sateesh Nori, the attorney in charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Queens civil office, called landlords targeting immigrants “bullying.”

“There's no good reason to do it other than to pick on vulnerable people other to make more money. So we need to stand up and say 'This is wrong' and it's illegal,” he said. “Everyone should have the right to safe and decent housing in a city like New York."



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