Jay Street house cited for illegal rooms, lacking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and overcrowding in one bedroom
“Mirna Ramos’s near-death experience from a carbon monoxide incident just after her family moved into a Jay Street house on June 2 has the property’s manager set to answer to numerous violations at both the county and local level.
The alleged violations brought by the county’s Rockland Codes Initiative include an overcrowded bedroom being used by four people and a lack of the required number of working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. The violations carry fines of $2,000 each in that case, which will be heard by the county Board of Health, officials said.
The Spring Valley Building Department added its own charges, including over the construction of a partition with a door in the living room to create four separate bedrooms at the property. Those violations will be handled in village Justice Court.
“This is a classic case of borderline criminality,” Rockland Executive Ed Day said Wednesday. “Slumlords risk people’s lives to make money. In this case, we almost had a death.”
The house at 10 Jay St. has a history of illegal apartments in the basement and other violations under the management of Mike Pinkas, who oversees the residential building for Mattis Fried of The Rashby Trust, according to county officials.”
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