As we reported earlier today, residents who live at 444 E. 13th St. plan to sue their landlord for "deplorable conditions" as well as for ongoing threats and harassment.
The rent-regulated tenants, along with their legal counsel and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, held a press conference outside the building between Avenue A and First Avenue this morning at 10 to speak out against landlord Goldmark Property Management and their associates.
EVG contributor Stacie Joy shared these photos from the press conference.
The residents said that they have haven't had gas for cooking or hot water since April 17 in the building that houses several children under the age of 7.
[Resident Patricia Ramirez]
Here's more from the Daily News:
They claim they've … endured racist taunts and threats to call immigration from the landlord's aggressive agents.
"They don't know the reality," said tenant Angel Salazar, 39. "Most of us are legal. That's why we are not afraid."
Tenants' lawyer Stephanie Rudolph said "this threat of retaliation and racial discrimination is egregious." She said only nine of the 18 units remain occupied — everybody else has been forced out.
"There are tape recorded conversations where the landlord is threatening to drop dynamite on the building and then let everyone 'figure it out themselves,'" said Rudolph, a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center.
There was no immediate response from Goldmark, whose agents include former NYPD Sgt. Miguel Cueto. The cop cost the city $2 million after he and his partner ran over and killed a Brooklyn man in their squad car three years ago.
[Resident Cesar Bello with son, Ivan]
[Residents Lidia Puentes and Emma Gomez]
Said one longtime resident: "They are killing us. They don't have any feelings and they think everything's about money."
DNAinfo has more on the story here.