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    Re: TV services - stuck in the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by ElChupacabra View Post
    There was a well known housing discrimination lawsuit in NYC where African Americans were discriminated against in his apartment complex. This is a matter of record, and not a "fake news" issue.
    I was sued at the same time for the same thing. Resulting from the same DA's investigation. Problem for the litigants, I owned no residential properties, strictly commercial which were exempt from the covering laws at the time, and all tenants were evaluated upon the ability to pay rents. I had complete documentation for the acceptance and rejection of each tenant and applicant tenant. I counter sued and won a substantial settlement. That never made the media.

    More than 90% of the landlords and RE management companies investigated at that time were sued. Some, like Trump, settled because it was less expensive than ongoing litigation. Trump Village in Brooklyn where the complaint took place was surrounded by landlord and owner abandonment, and city projects that were quickly becoming crime centers. It is still one of the few successful affordable housing projects in the City of New York, and still a desirable place to live. There are still hundreds of complaints every year by prospective tenants claiming racial and ethnic discrimination at Trump Village every year. Only now, management keeps quality records for its reasons for rejection and those complaints are tossed by the DHA.

    When an ADA investigative team, incognito, enters a management office, applying for tenancy, knowing that the minimum threshold is annual earnings of $12k, and proffers proof of $10k earnings, claims of discrimination have questionable methodology. Yet that is what was done. At the time, Trump Village had an approximate 15% minority population, in a borough where the minority population measured at 17%. That quickly changed as the borough's minority population leaped to 60% as whites fled for the suburbs. Now the scale of minority population is tipping in the other direction as gentrification and extraordinarily rising RE prices and rents are making the borough unaffordable for any but the wealthy. With long abandoned empty shell brownstones in Bedstuy selling for upwards of $1 mil, both wealthy minorities and wealthy white people are competing and driving prices higher. Mayor DeBlasio and his wife bought their brownstone in Park Slope more than 25 years ago for $150k. Today it is valued at $1.6 mil. There were almost no minority buyers picking up properties in Park Slope at the time, and that an interracial couple bought a Park Slope brownstone was an anomaly. No DA's investigation into Park Slope RE brokers, because more than 90% of the purchases resulted from City auctions subsequent to In Rem takings (back taxes).

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    Re: TV services - stuck in the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by OldFatGuy View Post
    I was sued at the same time for the same thing. Resulting from the same DA's investigation. Problem for the litigants, I owned no residential properties, strictly commercial which were exempt from the covering laws at the time, and all tenants were evaluated upon the ability to pay rents. I had complete documentation for the acceptance and rejection of each tenant and applicant tenant. I counter sued and won a substantial settlement. That never made the media.

    More than 90% of the landlords and RE management companies investigated at that time were sued. Some, like Trump, settled because it was less expensive than ongoing litigation. Trump Village in Brooklyn where the complaint took place was surrounded by landlord and owner abandonment, and city projects that were quickly becoming crime centers. It is still one of the few successful affordable housing projects in the City of New York, and still a desirable place to live. There are still hundreds of complaints every year by prospective tenants claiming racial and ethnic discrimination at Trump Village every year. Only now, management keeps quality records for its reasons for rejection and those complaints are tossed by the DHA.

    When an ADA investigative team, incognito, enters a management office, applying for tenancy, knowing that the minimum threshold is annual earnings of $12k, and proffers proof of $10k earnings, claims of discrimination have questionable methodology. Yet that is what was done. At the time, Trump Village had an approximate 15% minority population, in a borough where the minority population measured at 17%. That quickly changed as the borough's minority population leaped to 60% as whites fled for the suburbs. Now the scale of minority population is tipping in the other direction as gentrification and extraordinarily rising RE prices and rents are making the borough unaffordable for any but the wealthy. With long abandoned empty shell brownstones in Bedstuy selling for upwards of $1 mil, both wealthy minorities and wealthy white people are competing and driving prices higher. Mayor DeBlasio and his wife bought their brownstone in Park Slope more than 25 years ago for $150k. Today it is valued at $1.6 mil. There were almost no minority buyers picking up properties in Park Slope at the time, and that an interracial couple bought a Park Slope brownstone was an anomaly. No DA's investigation into Park Slope RE brokers, because more than 90% of the purchases resulted from City auctions subsequent to In Rem takings (back taxes).

    There is more to any story than the mere superficial surface.
    Indeed, the question is the ratio of valid complaints to invalid ones.

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    Re: TV services - stuck in the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by iluvTrump View Post
    I watch those Trump rallies and I see black and apparently Hispanic faces and I gladly embrace such "deplorables". I see all of those "lagal" immigrants who are die hard Trump supporters and I gladly embrace such "deplorables".

    I look at the dis-honest fake news and the un-American Democrat leadership and I patriotically embrace the label of "deplorable".
    There are certainly some minorities who support Trump; I'm not sure where I've stated or implied that none do. What that percentage is among their own respective groups is another question all together, and generally speaking, he's not well supported among those groups. I don't think all Trump supporters are "deplorables" and find it odd anyone would embrace that label even as an act of defiance. When I see Trump rallies in minority communities, then I'll believe he's made some real headway among those groups.

    What are you going to do the day after President Trump is re-elected?
    Get dressed and go to work. I'm not emotionally invested in who wins the presidency, nor do I think a change in parties is going to tank an economy which relies on much more than just who is in office.

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    Re: TV services - stuck in the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by ElChupacabra View Post
    Indeed, the question is the ratio of valid complaints to invalid ones.
    It is notable, the ADA who led those investigations, in private practice went on to represent some of the city's worst landlords, including the worst, Tony Morphessus and Ed Pareesh who each averaged 350-400 open violations per building. They rented to minorities and only minorities, supplying roaches, rats, inadequate plumbing and no heat come winter. Morphessus forfeited his slum empire, spent 3 years in prison for fraud, and retired to his $6 mil mansion in northern NJ and three corporate limousine companies, a major investor in Uber, he started as an immigrant cab driver from Greece. Pareesh is still a slumlord, profiting as gentrification brings him millions of $'s for buildings that must be gutted and rebuilt. A naturalized Iranian immigrant rumored to have been an officer in SAVAK under the Shah. Both major contributors to democrat coffers.

    Talk to me about ratios, and the desirability for tenants to live in Trump Village, then and now.
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