Crown Heights residents allege tenant harassment
by Patrick Kearns
Mar 01, 2017 | 76 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Renters in a Crown Heights building say they’ve been harassed by their management company since the building was sold in June of 2015. According to Naomi Dann, when Gold Management bought the building at 80 New York Avenue, they began harassing residents living in the eight rent-stabilized units and offering them buyouts. Dann said residents reported seeing fake immigration officers in the building, and one resident was trapped in her apartment by construction. The Fire Department had to let her out. Eventually, five of the eight renters left. Lisa Mathis grew up in the building and was one of the residents who stayed behind. She’s lived there off and on for the past 30 years. For the past two years, she’s been without heat after the boiler was removed. “That’s not even hooked up to anything,” she said pointing to a radiator in the room. “It’s just window dressing.” The tenants have also faced multiple instances of construction harassment too, she said. There’s been major dust in the building, and work was done on the weekends and throughout the night. “There was a point where we couldn't get in the building or you could barely get in the building because they had taken the planks out in the hall,” she said. “You were walking on beams to come into the apartment.” Mathis said the condensation from the central air conditioning, which she does not have in her apartment, has caused leaks in her ceiling. She also has a rat problem in her kitchen. The new renters have faced hardships as well, causing them to form a tenants association. The new apartments were also rented out at $4,000 a month, not the rent-stabilized price of $2,700. In June, with the help of MFY Legal Services, they filed a lawsuit against Gold Management. “They did renovations and rented out at market-rate the other five apartments,” Dann said. “They should have been rent stabilized.” According to Dann, the lawsuit is in the discovery stage and they’re hoping to reach a settlement soon.
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Why We Favor Diversity in the Workplace
by cjleclaire
 Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
Feb 28, 2017 | 596 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Today, if you live or work in New York City or the metro area, you hear alot about diversity in the workplace and how it is good for businesses. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we take pride in our diversity. We offer legal services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. As our diverse staff members work side-by-side, you’ll see various ethnic groups and races, including African American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian.


The Advantages of Diversity in Business

Companies with diverse staff members are more innovative, productive, better at solving issues and can reach a wider client base. All of these factors are good for businesses.

Resolving Issues

According to The New York Times, studies showed that when a diverse group of people interacted with each other, their answers to analytical questions were more accurate than homogenous groups. In fact, diverse groups had a 58 percent greater accuracy.

Another study put people of different races in a group and had them solve murder mysteries. Again, the diverse group performed significantly better.

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Mark H Sackstein Managing Partner

“I believe our firm’s diversity is a great asset for clients who choose us to represent them in personal injury claims. They have a notable advantage when we seek to obtain fair and just case awards on their behalves.”  Mark H. Sackstein



eric-b-lee-partner“Our firm has helped many people in the Korean community and other ethnic groups to overcome the challenges they face when litigating for deserved compensation. Our abilities to overcome language barriers and work together are invaluable for getting results.” Eric B.



Innovation and Production

Researchers compared banks with and without racial diversity. Studies showed that 177 U.S. banks with diversity had greater financial performance. Bank presidents emphasized innovation when the company was diverse.

In another study, Stanford University researchers had groups discuss social issues, such as child labor and the death penalty. The researchers wrote dissenting opinions and had both African American and Caucasian students deliver the opinion to the groups. Even though students delivered the same dissenting perspective, when an African American presented the perspective to a group of Caucasians, the opinion seemed more novel and led to broader consideration of alternatives.

Various studies concluded that people work harder in diverse environments both socially and cognitively. While they may feel challenged when working through barriers, their hard work leads to better outcomes.

Broader Customer Bases

Because our staff at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP speaks a variety of languages, we can reach a broader client base than firms where language is limited to English.



Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.


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