Landlord Allegedly Punches Tenant When Approached By Reporter About Building Conditions

Joe Avellar
November 14, 2019 - 11:57 am
No heat in building

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An Upper West Side landlord is accused of assaulting a tenant when he was confronted about not turning on the heat.

Some tenants of 246 West 106th St. say they've gone without heat or cooking gas since May 23.

Their landlord claims the lack of service is a Con Ed problem, but the head of the building's tenant association, Daniel Bernstein, says the landlord failed to submit records of chimney service and oil burn history to Con Ed.

When the landlord, 71-year-old Mike Rose, was approached by Bernstein and NY1 reporter Michael Herzenberg about the building conditions, Rose allegedly punched Bernstein in the face.

He was also seen on camera snatching the microphone from Herzenberg's hand.

Landlord/owner # didn’t like me asking him why his tenants have no heat. After pushing me and breaking the camera, he attacks his tenant Association Founder Owner blames @conedison saying he tries to get the 2 buildings fixed everyday, but @nyccouncil @marklevinenyc says utility told him it’s the owner’s fault. @nypd charged owner Mike Rose w/Criminal Mischief for breaking @ny1 camera. Buildings have +100 @nychousing code violations

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Police said Rose also allegedly broke NY1’s $5,000 camera after throwing it to the ground.

Rose was charged with assault and criminal mischief and is due back in court on Dec. 5.

When the arctic blast moved in this week, City Councilman Mark Levine's office stepped in to get the 30 tenants at the five-story walk-up help.

"It's unreal," Bernstein told WCBS 880's Joe Avellar. "We got heat 4:28 p.m. yesterday. Con Ed came in, ordered by the de Blasio administration we're told, to turn on the heat. They brought in their emergency services division to go in, work with the plumber."

Bernstein says now the pipes are at least warm in some of the apartments.

"Basically, the pipes are hot, but the home, the entire apartment is not warm, so we're still basically using space heaters," tenant Evan Lin said.

It could be a while before the gas comes back on.