Making It Legal

Housing Official Applies to Turn SRO Into Private Home

Finally, Manhattan City Council member Stanley Michels was stunned to hear of the plan, since HPD officials, including outgoing commissioner Richard Roberts, have in recent months spent hours presenting budget information to the council but made not one mention of the idea.

"We just put money in the budget for litigators," says Michels, referring to the budget that passed in June. "I want to know how this would work. I want to make sure the lawyers they consider are loyal to HPD." Michels says he hopes to get HPD to answer council questions about the plan.

"I'm very concerned that it not become a patronage thing," says Michels. "And I want to know why they don't just put more lawyers on their own staff. I'm not happy with the job they're doing."

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