NYCHA claims top spot on list of NYC’s worst landlords

Posted at 8:53 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 20:55:39-05

NEW YORK -- Every year, the Public Advocate’s office releases its list of the city’s worst landlords.

For the first time, public advocate Letitia James named the New York City Housing Authority at the top of this year’s list.

Mayor de Blasio, once public advocate, created that list.

“NYCHA is the landlord. NYCHA has a long way to go,” Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On Tuesday, HUD secretary Ben Carson visited NYCHA for the first time and Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City.

Secretary Carson met for the second time with Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday - this time at HUD's headquarters in lower manhattan. It was a closed door meeting.

PIX11 News spoke to regional Hud director Lynne Patton after the meeting Tuesday night. Patton says the meeting was very productive. But HUD is not ruling out a federal takeover just yet.

“Actions speak louder than words. We are all going to work hard and make sure more money is given to NYCHA next year than even this year. HUD has increased funding by 52 percent this year I hope to make the money even higher,” Patton said.

Patton adds that Secretary Carson will visit another NYCHA development as early as January.

January 31 is the deadline imposed by HUD for the City to come up with a plan to fix NYCHA.

The top 10 worst landlords are:

  • Eric Silverstein (356 units
    in 4 buildings with 1449 HPD violations)
  • Jeffrey Dunston (215 units
    in 14 buildings with 1195 HPD violations)
  • Debbie Vasquez (354 units
    in 9 buildings with 1174 HPD violations)
  • Bruce Haley (170 units in
    8 buildings with 995 HPD violations)
  • Thomas Steiner (250 units
    in 3 buildings with 850 HPD violations)
  • Avi Davies (244 units in 5
    buildings with 819 HPD violations)
  • Michael Lazaroff (112 units
    in 2 buildings with 778 HPD violations)
  • Abdul Khan (163 units in 7
    buildings with 679 HPD violations)
  • Jason Korn (178 units in 5
    buildings with 656 HPD violations)
  • Irving Langer (186 units in
    10 buildings with 627 HPD violations)