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October 9, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 84 • Number 19
Pier 40 ‘secret M.O.U.’ at long last is released, but heavily redacted BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
PIER 40 M.O.U., continued on p. 10
On a sad note, P.S. 41 cuts its music classes and talented teacher BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM
.S. 41, the West Village’s highly sought-after elementary school, has let go its longtime music teacher, Eve Zanni, following the elimination of its in-school music classes. The decision was made in part due to the Department
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or a while, five months at least, it ranked among the great mysteries. Right up there with: How did they build Stonehenge? Where did they bury Jimmy Hoffa? And...why does that kooky guy dance around in a diaper in Union
Square anyway? The mystery is now over — well, make that...sort of. Last week, in response to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by The Villager, the Empire State Development Corporation e-mailed the newspaper a copy of the so-called “secret M.O.U.” that
Mayor de Blasio approving a bill — co-sponsored by Councilmember Margaret Chin, left — to boost fines for tenant harassment
of Education budget changes affecting the number of classes, and a host of other “realities,” according to parent coordinator Michelle Farinet. The change in the number of classes resulted in insufficient “non-classroom time” (classes outside the mandatP.S. 41 MUSIC, continued on p. 8
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Mayor signs bill doubling fines for harassing tenants
BY ZACH WILLIAMS
y the end of the year, New Yorkers will be able to browse a new online listing of the city’s most notorious landlords. Mayor de Blasio signed into law on Sept. 30 changes to the city administrative code that will increase fines on landlords found guilty of harassment, as well as mandate that the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development
publicly expose them on its Web site. Landlords found guilty of tenant harassment “by a court of competent jurisdiction” will now face a maximum fine of $10,000 per residential unit, up from $5,000 previously. Those found guilty more than once during a five-year period will receive a minimum fine of $2,000 per residential unit — again, twice the previous level. Their names will appear on the new online list, as
will the associated building address. Such publicity will help deter building owners from illegally pressuring tenants, especially vulnerable senior and immigrant populations, said Councilmember Margaret Chin, who co-sponsored the legislation with colleague Jumaane Williams, of Brooklyn. “We want to send a stronger message because tenant TENANTS, continued on p. 7
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