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March 14, 2013

New Square Hasid Slumlord Fined $5,000 For Illegally Converting House To Apartment Building

Joseph Klein closeupThe many properties owned by Joseph Klein have a history of building code, fire and safety violations. He was cited for the Nanuet property 15 months ago when firefighters trying to put out a fire discovered the property, located at 149 Pipetown Hill Road, had been illegally subdivided.

Joseph Klein cropped
Joseph Klein

New Square Hasid Slumlord Fined $5,000 For Illegally Converting House To Apartment Building
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

A New Square hasidic slumlord has been fined $5,000 for illegally subdividing a single family home in Nanuet into individual apartments.

The many properties owned by Joseph Klein have a history of building code, fire and safety violations. The Journal News reports that Klein was cited for the Nanuet property 15 months ago when firefighters trying to put out a fire discovered the property, located at 149 Pipetown Hill Road, had been illegally subdivided.

Illegal subdivisions and other illegal construction is potentially dangerous for firefighters, who can be trapped by unexpected walls and blocked or walled off doors. They are also often dangerous for the tenants, who face obstacles when trying to evacuate and who may have fewer than the required number of exits available to them. Additionally, because illegal work is not checked by building inspectors, electrical wiring and other work may be subpar, as well.

Eventually Klein was issued violations for failure to obtain a certificate of occupancy for the property and for noncompliance with an order to restore it to a legal single family home.

When Klein didn’t pay he was sued by Nanuet. Months of court delays ended when Klein finally agreed to pay $5,000, half of the $10,000 the town was suing him for. The settlement mandates that Klein pay the entire $5,000 by April 10 – a scheduled court date for the lawsuit against him.

“If he pays the fine, he doesn’t have to appear in court. If he doesn’t, he has to appear,” Nanuet’s deputy attorney reportedly said.

Klein’s attorney said the agreement does not include admissions by Klein to any of the violations.

“This is a civil compromise that makes the town happy and satisfies everyone’s concerns about safety and health issues,” he said.

Klein has a long history covering more than a decade of being cited by municipalities and Rockland County for illegally subdividing houses into apartments, creating illegal boarding houses, and for allowing violations of fire and safety codes to remain unpaid.

Last year, Klein was reportedly fined $20,000 for violations at 14 of his Spring Valley properties. He pleaded guilty to those violations and was required to restore six illegally converted apartment buildings and boarding houses back to single-family homes. He also agreed to pay $1,000 a month until the fines were paid in full.

[Hat Tip: Devorah.]

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$5,000 fine for a repeat offender is ridiculous!

Forty years ago my then wife and I were on the point of moving to Spring Valley. I give thanks almost daily to H' that our plans fell through.

Further proof (as if proof was needed) at G-d does indeed work in mysterious ways.

This guy owns most of the illegal houses near Finkelstein Library. He sends his "judeos" in to collect the all cash rent each month. Each house pays him about 17k per month and there are about 20-25 men per house. (They sleep in all bedrooms, basement, dining room etc.) Some sleep in the hallways. A true deathtrap.

17K per month per house? Assuming even 20 people in the house it is $850 for a place to sleep with a few other folks in a basement. Does not seem real.

re "$5,000 fine for a repeat offender is ridiculous!"


Klein is not a repeat offender in Clarkstown, unless you know differently.

Nanuet is acting very foolishly. This guy is a repeat offended and Nanuet needed to be strict with their zoning laws. Give an inch and he will take a mile.

devorah,

i bet east ramapo lets these slumlords be because of the bloc voting.
these houses are all over the place. 99% have hasidic owners.
plus, these hasidic owners could care less about the spanish people
crammed into those dangerous living conditions. they're not yidden.

This man needs to be stopped.

But many of those 11 million illegal aliens so many want to legalize live precisely that way. We have the same issue. These folks are working at best minimum wage jobs.many send money back to their home countries.

They can't afford normal rent.
There is no legal housing for them.

And we should not be building section 8 housing for illegal aliens.

Too many native born Americans need real finacial help.
So people in our brilliant country says,let's legalize 11 million people who are here illegally and who are working in the lower paying jobs. And how do we expect them to live? Pay for health insurance? No problem they will qualify for Medicaid. Whoops more taxes.

new square a settlement full of half educated half brained backward suedo religious fuckups.

Ultra Orthodox Jews, as a culture, do not value the concept of a civil society.They claim to stand for truth and justice, but they are pretty much savages fighting for scraps of food at all costs. This embrace of lawlessness is particularly odd given their stated goals of being the protectors of G-D's Law.

Western Society has rejected a civil society as well. The elected governments have handed over the well being of their populations to foreign invaders, who like the Chareidim, reject the Host culture and laws.

Chareidim may be wearing the black hats, but who would you say is wearing the white ones?

There are no good guys in this battle.

Nanuet - look what Klein has done in the Town of Ramapo, illegal & dangerous sub-divided apartments. A repeat offended should be treated as such.

I am planning to set up a web site similar to this one to track Black crime. I Calculated that I would need a full time staff of 50,000 people working 24/7.

Satan, Prince of Darkness ...

The black population does not define themselves as the chosen people who received G-D's word, chosen over all of mankind, to illuminate the world with truth.

Not really a defense for the Jews to say that there are worse people out there.

More importantly, the criminal in this story does have a defense. he is indeed a victim of the horrific values that his community leaders have established and protected. Likely that this man, or the criminal blacks to which you refer, would be good people had they been raised in a community with good values.

I eagerly await the day that the current imposters who occupy the seat of leadership in the Frum world are expelled. If there is in fact a promise of a Messianic age to offer salvation from the current Failed Messiah's, it will be that time.

If these kinds of places didn't exist then the illegal laborers who do so much of the work in this country would have no place to live and would perhaps either leave or demand more money from their rapacious employers, which would cause prices to go up in restaurants and other places, not to mention the rise in the cost of services.

While it is deplorable, and no excuse for Klein, it is the explanation as to why these types always get a slap on the wrist and not a real punishment.

Final thought...

If the Torah True Jews did indeed care about their mission, this website would be their most valued asset and they would meet every day to study it and examine where they may have gone wrong and what they could do to improve.

If you are all about Truth, you need to allow light to be cast upon the actions of your people, and fix what is broken.

The greatest indictment of the Orthodox are their refusal to ever look at their own failures.

History may prove Shmarya to have been one of the greatest figures in helping rehabilitate the Jewish people.

I beg to differ. Scott is malicious, his goal is to discredit, vilify, and spread ill will and prejudice.
He just can't bear being born into a group that differentiates itself from others, and can't get over having wasted 20 years of his life on what he sees as total bullshit.
A minute of googling shows that this trash is a popular link on white supremacist and other hate web sites. He is quite satisfied with that situation.
This does not justify any crime.

"Scott is malicious, his goal is to discredit, vilify, and spread ill will and prejudice."

Your group of hasids doesn't need any help for this. They have been successful without this website, in fact, more successful each day in spreading ill will and prejudice.

Right on Satan! This blog is nothing different than any White Hate site bashing one group. The fat fuck running this gets a pass cuz his targets are not Blacks.

Right on Satan! This blog is nothing different than any White Hate site bashing one group. The fat fuck running this gets a pass cuz his targets are not Blacks.

Posted by: BigMouth | March 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

If you have such a virulent and pathological hatred of the proprietor of this blog why do you bother to read it? More to the point, why do you feel so compelled to contribute to it, thus perpetuating its existence?

To Darht Z
Shmarya reminds me of Lynn Samules a radio host that dies a few years back on Rosh Hashana. A seklf hating yid that people like BigMouth me and others LOVE to HATE.

Please give this slumlord the benifit of the doubt. He received the brachos of the Square rebbe. The rebbe just needed an apt. for his grand kid that just got married.

The proprietor of this blog is not the issue, self loving Jews...

If you care so much about your people, dethrone your leaders and help return your people to the righteous path so that any acts of evil committed by individual Jews will be just aberrations, and not institutionalized evil.

The proprietor of this blog is not the issue, self loving Jews...

If you care so much about your people, dethrone your leaders and help return your people to the righteous path so that any acts of evil committed by individual Jews will be just aberrations, and not institutionalized evil.

Oh, please stop writing such self-aggradizing and pompous poop. You are clearly trying so hard to sound like a demagogic leader but you come across as Dr Goebbels' principal lavatory cleaner.

Excellent choice of words Darth. The benefit of this blog is calling attention to real failures in your community. Fix your problems Attacking Shmarya is absurd.

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