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NYS Attorney General continues oversight of Green National properties

Chris Bolt

State Attorney General Tish James says her office is continuing its oversight of the owner of the troubled Skyline Apartment complex after the company failed to fully comply with the requirements their agreement. 

James says in a release that Green National has corrected many housing violations at Skyline and its other properties within the 60-day compliance period, including broken door locks, infestations, and unsanitary conditions. But she says many violations still remain unaddressed, including a broken elevator at James apartments and inadequate security at Skyline.

The attorney general says Green National is working with a contractor to replace the elevator and add security cameras. But James says since both will be long-term projects that fall outside the 60-day agreement, she’s retaining Green National’s $250,000 penalty.

She will also require that the company install an independent monitor for a year to oversee the projects, review code compliance, and ensure compliance with obligations under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

James and city officials have urged the company to sell to a more responsible owner. But first, it either has to correct open code violations or include a provision that the new owner fix them.

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