An illegally subdivided Monsey home was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago. But despite vocal objections from firefighters who are endangered by the illegal walls and blocked exists common in homes that are illegally subdivided, Ramapo let the home's owner, Sam Ehrenthal, off with the lowest fine possible.
Firefighters Dismayed As Town Lets Negligent Landlord Off Easy
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Sam Ehrenthal owned an illegally subdivided home in Monsey that he rented to a hispanic family. The home burned in large fire two weeks ago.
Ehrenthal blames his tennants for illegally subdividing the home and claims he didn't know walls had been erected until after the fire.
Ramapo city officials believe him, and this week they gave Ehrenthal the lowest fine possible, $500.
But firefighters, sick of encountering illegally erected walls and blocked exists that potentially trap them, were enraged at what they see as another example of Ramapo city officials coddling irresponsible landlords, many of whom are haredi.
The firefighters, who are all volunteers, have begun monitoring housing cases as they go through the local court system.
Rockland Deputy Fire Coordinator John Kryger told the Journal News that even though the firefighters' monitoring of these cases might not be welcomed by the courts or by the towns, firefighters were not going to stop doing it. “We’re not going away,” Kryger said.