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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strycker's Bay helping to spread the word about Pinnacle Tenants Class Action Suit Forum

On April 27, 2010 a judge for the New York District Court for the Southern District issued a landmark ruling to certify the class action against the Pinnacle Group NY LLC and its owner Joel Wiener. It is estimated that the Pinnacle Group owns over 420 apartment buildings in the five boroughs of New York City and this lawsuit could impact up to 60,000 rent-regulated tenants who currently live or have lived in a Pinnacle building from July 11, 2004 to April 27, 2010.

The law offices of Jenner & Block are representing the class, and they need to reach as many current and former Pinnacle tenants as possible to notify them of class action status and the opportunity to submit evidence against their landlord. Borough President Stringer and Buyers and Renters United to Save Harlem (BRUSH) will be co-sponsoring a forum with Pinnacle tenants to discuss the case and next steps on May 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Oberia Dempsey Center on 127 West 127th Street. We need your help to spread the word!

The Borough President’s office is looking to housing advocates, community activists, and all who are committed to tenants’ rights to help notify Pinnacle tenants about this Sunday’s meeting. Volunteers are need to distribute letters and flyers in front of Pinnacle-owned buildings in Manhattan (Harlem, Washington Heights & the UWS) in morning and evening shifts starting today through Friday. Please contact Kate Spaulding at (212) 669-2094 or if you can give an hour of your time, or know colleagues, community members, or fellow activists who can volunteer.

Thank you!

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis

Manhattan Deputy Borough President

Office of the Manhattan Borough President

212.669.8299 (direct dial)

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