So, when slumlord developers maintain their properties at a substandard level, apparently it is okay for tenants to complain to elected officials. Sadly, that right was called into question by some piece of crap developers who thought the rights of their tenants to speak out and petition their government should be restricted because it might defame their crappy name. Fortunately, their lawsuit to silence the complaints of their tenants got thrown out.
When the tenants wrote a letter to their elected officials to ask for help with chronic problems with disrepair, instead of addressing the problems, the developers demanded that the tenants retract their letter or face legal consequences. When the tenants refused to sign a letter prepared by the developer’s attorneys that said that tenants had in essence falsified the facts surrounding almost twelve years of shoddy workmanship in the building located at 1831 Madison Avenue, Mr. Capoccia sued the tenants for $4.25 million. The tenants made a pre-answer motion in front of Judge Coin to dismiss the matter and the Court in a 14 page decision dismissed the suit and awarded costs and disbursements.
Madison Park Development Associates, headed by Donald Capoccia was awarded the HPD contract to develop 1831 Madison Avenue, a cooperative for middle-income New Yorkers. Completed in 2002, structural deficiencies were pervasive from the start, and despite promises and attempts to repair the problems, the structural deficiencies worsened, and still exist to this day.
So…Madison Park Development Association, headed by piece of crap Donald Capoccia, did a crappy job fulfilling a contract they were awarded and then tried to suppress the freedom of their tenants when the tenants tried to petition the government to redress the problems. What monumental assholes the Madison Park Development Association, headed by Donald Capoccia, are. It would be hard to defame the name of Madison Park Development Association, headed by Donald Capoccia, because they already are bringing their own name down into the dirt.
This is an example of the hubris and thuggishness of developers in NYC. The coddling developers get and the corruption at all levels of government, right up to mayor, that developers are involved in lead to this situation where developers routinely violate their promises and then actually sue those who complain. Remember all those affordable housing units and union jobs de Blasio, Forest City Ratner, and WFP promised us with the shiny happy agreements surrounding Atlantic Yards? Unfulfilled promises, broken contracts, and no consequences. I am surprised Forest City Ratner hasn’t sued the citizens who complain about it like piece of crap Donald Capoccia did to his tenants. This city is so rife with corrupt bargains with developers we are even selling off public lands like our LIBRARIES to developers. And it isn’t because those libraries aren’t being used. Library usage is going up yet the city wants to sell off libraries so developers can make more money.
Madison Park Development Association, headed by Donald Capoccia, is not some outlier. They are a prime example of what is wrong with NYC. The article emphasizes the political connections of Donald Capoccia. Well, who are those political connections? That below the fold.