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Dr. David Ores, a general practitioner who has long served the uninsured and low-income residents on the Lower East Side, recently received an eviction notice at his office on East Second Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Here's background on the situation via GoFundMe:
Lease/Commercial real estate tax problem. Briefly, after 2 + years at my office I get a bill for $18,000 in back taxes out of nowhere. $9,000 a year. Now it's $27,000 due. We are a J-51 tax abatement building as are others in the LESPMHA, Inc. (the non-profit housing org./41 buildings).
I was told that when I moved in and AND my lease says that as well. I will challenge this in court, but I can get evicted in the meantime. I held off eviction one week ago in court and my new court date is July 29th. I need to pay all or most of these NYC taxes to stay here... and THEN I will research/investigate what happed to our J-51 tax abatement and why it went away. Or was never in place. Does not seem kosher to me.
If I had that money, I would just pay it, but I don't. So the plan is pay all or most of the "back taxes" and then dig into what went wrong where. IF I had know there were RE taxes due, I would have kept up from the beginning. So I am asking for community help to pay NYC real estate taxes I was assured I was NOT responsible for. AND I was never informed I owed ANYTHING until it was $18,000 due last Sept.
I thank everyone and it has always been my pleasure to provide Medical Care to anyone I can help on the LES.
You can find the GoFundMe page here.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Dave, who founded a health care co-op for restaurant workers in 2008, has treated the uninsured, telling people to simply pay what they can. Following Hurricane Sandy, he provided free food and medical care for anyone who needed it.
You can read more about Dr. Dave and his work at The New York Times here and Crain's here.