By Sabina Mollot
Police are looking for a burglar who forced his way into a home office at 5 East 17th Street.
According to the victim, he’d left the building at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 and returned at 8:30 a.m. the following day to find his office ransacked.
Additionally, his bag was stolen, as were some shirts, a drill and even paper towels with a combined worth of $350.
Police said the door appeared to be forced open at the locked room in the building, which is also home to the Union Fare restaurant.
The suspect was captured in fuzzy surveillance footage that shows a light-skinned man with facial hair wearing a hat.
By Assembly Member Harvey Epstein
In the ‘90s, New York’s legislature sold out tenants and tipped the scales in favor of big landlords by passing the Rent Regulation Reform Act. This piece of legislation passed in both houses, its sponsors claiming to be sticking up for the mythological “mom and pop” landlord, whose profits were supposedly being squeezed by rent regulation.
Among the most damaging provisions of the act was the invention of “vacancy decontrol” which, since its inception, has eroded New York’s stock of affordable housing by jacking up rents on units if tenants leave or are forced out by unscrupulous landlords seeking to cash in on another perversity of the act: the vacancy bonus.
The assault on tenants has not abated. In response, community groups have had to rise to the occasion and tirelessly defend tenants against the bad actor landlords playing with a stacked deck. I am proud to have been fighting to keep tenants in their homes for decades and as your new Assembly Member, I am eager to continue the fight having acquired a different set of tools to work with and new opportunities to win victories for tenants. The struggle is the same, but my election to the Assembly will afford new ways to achieve our goals.
Small business owners have even fewer protections than residential tenants –– they are at the mercy of their landlords, who have no constraints on how much rents can be raised.