Samy Mahfar Stooge Michel Pimienta is Harassing 22 Spring Street, Tenants Allege
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It’s not just the purported gas tampering that worries residents of 22 Spring Street, but also a familiar threat. That bully Michel Pimienta is reportedly back at it…
Michel Pimienta is a hired hand on the front lines of gentrification – first on the scene to horribly harass rent-regulated tenants to the point of moving out. This guy was alleged to have threatened and intimidated tenants at flashpoint Mahfar properties such as 102 Norfolk, 143 and 177 Ludlow Street. His official title was a “relocation specialist,” which is basically just a euphemism for a bully with ulterior motives.
Pimienta’s track record was so horrendous for the last decade that, last fall, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman finally forced him to cease all reolcation efforts and pay a $40,000 fine. A settlement agreement was signed.
And quickly broken, it would appear.
Yes, not even the law gets in the way of Pimienta, who apparently hadn’t completely halted the harassment. Mahfar residents at 22 Spring Street (near Elizabeth) allege that the lap dog Pimienta is back at it, having resumed said tactics shortly after the rebuke. We are told that he had called most of the regulated tenants in the building at least once, preying on fear and, in some cases, weak command of English. Alas, the campaign was successful, and now only five embattled holdouts remain onsite.
By the way, according to the Daily News, Pimienta lives in a midtown high-rise with amenities like a pool and health club. So that $40,000 fine is a drop in the bucket. A slap on the wrist.
CAAAV is well aware of the issue and is currently working with affected tenants.