Saturday, March 3, 2018

Report: Contractor charged in 2nd Avenue gas explosion illegally renovating Harlem apartments

[The former 119-123 2nd Ave. from Feb. 15]

Dilber Kukic, the contractor charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide in the March 2015 gas explosion on Second Avenue, is gut renovating four apartments at 303 W. 154th St. without permits, according to the New York Daily News.

Per the News:

“We have rented to almost everyone currently living in these properties and I am concerned for their safety,” whistleblower Jerry Leazer said.

Leazer worked as a broker for the six-floor, 54-unit building through his company, Apartments Expert, until last month.

“It’s a dangerous situation,” he said, adding he’d become concerned about legal liabilities due to the off-the-books renovations.

Leazer’s complaint says Kukic, 42, and other workers have removed walls and rewired the apartments without permits.

Kukic’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo, told the paper: "His probation officer knows. He’s allowed to work. As long as the company is licensed, my understanding is he can work there as an employee."

In an unrelated case in 2015, Kukic pleaded guilty to bribery, a felony, according to published reports at the time.

Per the Daily News: "He admitted to handing off $600 to an undercover officer in the investigator's car in an effort to get violations cleared from a pair of buildings he owns on W. 173rd St. on an expedited basis."

As for the Second Avenue case, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office charged Kukic, landlord Maria Hrynenko and her son, Michael Hrynenko Jr., along with plumber Jerry Ioannidis, with manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide and assault in the second degree.. (The final defendant, licensed plumber Andrew Trombettas, was charged with offering a false instrument​,​ for allegedly lending his name and license number to paperwork.)

Kukic is due back in court on March 23 — almost three years to the date since the explosion leveled 119-123 Second Ave.


cmarrtyy said...

How dumb can this guy be? How illegal can this guy be? How morally bankrupt can this guy- Oh forget it.

Gerald Voigt said...

I agree. I find this unfathomable!

JQ LLC said...

Can I get work doing construction for this bag of shit and dicks. I have absolutely no experience and skills. But I make up for it with my utter lack of morals and scruples and a proclivity to take short cuts and work half ass.
This is it. There is anarchy going on right now. Not in the streets but in city hall and the agencies it refuses to regulate. Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed have absolutely nothing on the de Faustio administration.