NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Public Advocate Letitia James has put the New York City’s worst landlords in the spotlight.
On Wednesday, James released an annual list of the city’s landlords who’ve been cited with the most housing violations.READ MORE: 2nd Former Aide Accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment, Governor Requests Independent Review
Nearly 6,800 buildings across the five boroughs made 2014’s list, many of which are buildings that have no heat or conditions hazardous to residents.
James said many of the tenants of those buildings are poor and have no means to fight landlords in court.
LINK: NYC Landlord Watchlist
Brooklyn is home to the buildings with the most violations, followed by Manhattan and the Bronx.READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: World Champion Gymnast Wendy Hilliard Uses Her Own Experience To Encourage Next Generation Of Black Athletes To Succeed
“Unfortunately Brooklyn leads the list — 3,700-some-odd buildings. Most of them in central Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Bushwick,” James told 1010 WINS.
So who was the worst offender?
“The worst landlord in the city, that distinction belongs to Robin Shimoff. She owns 13 buildings throughout the Bronx totaling 778 units with more than 3,300 open violations in 2014,” James said.
The list began in 2010, created by then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
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