At The Rent Board, New Tales Of The City

Judge: Rent Too High Candidate Goes on NY Ballot

This month, a flight attendant in a rent-controlled apartment petitioned for a decrease in rent because her landlord had failed to fix a leak in her bathroom ceiling, despite cutting a hole in it. During the hearing, her landlord, Martin Eng, called the tenant jealous and racist, and said he was being persecuted like Trayvon Martin. (He told me later, view site… You dont complain when youre paying such a low rent.) Outside the arbitration rooms, Koomas and the other counselors are something like the rent-law equivalent of Lucy in Peanuts cartoons, minus the five-cent tip jar: they advise more than nine hundred walk-ins a month on the byzantine rent ordinance. Landlords, too, come with tales of woe.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/09/at-the-rent-board-new-tales-of-the-city.html

The general election is Nov. 5. McMillan is a frequent fringe candidate, having also run for Senate. He said in 2010 he’d been encouraged to run for president but wouldn’t because he likes President Barack Obama.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-rent-high-candidate-nyc-ballot-20363276

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