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                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NOS.: BD 110146  RO;
                                                 BD 110379 RO; BE 110068 RT; 
                                                 BD 110123 RT (REOPENED)
                                              :     D.R.O.    DOCKET    NO.:
                                                 Q 31220584-R 
             SANTINO DI FIORE AND                                      
             KENNETH                                                   LONG,
                                                             
                                 PETITIONERS  :  
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING OWNER'S PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE 
            REVIEW AND GRANTING TENANT'S PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW 
            AND TERMINATING DUPLICATE PROCEEDINGS AFTER RECONSIDERATION 
            PURSUANT TO REOPENING


               On April 6, and 30, 1987, the above-named  petitioners  filed
          Petitions for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          April 1, 1987, by the Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 
          N.Y., concerning the housing accommodation known as Apt. 2J, 30-70 
          48th Street, Long Island City, New York, wherein the Administrator 
          determined that the tenant had been overcharged. 

               The Commissioner issued an Order and Opinion on  November  6,
          1990 denying the owner's and granting the tenant's  petitions  and
          terminating duplicate proceedings. 

               On May  30,  1991,  the  owner  requested  reopening  of  the
          proceeding and reconsideration of the November 6, 1990 order.  

               By order issued June 21, 1991,  the  Commissioner  issued  an
          order  granting  the  owner's  request  for  reconsideration   and
          reopening the proceeding based on a finding that  the  failure  to
          send the November 6, 1990 order to the 1990 registered address for 
          the owner constituted an irregularity  in  a  vital  matter.   The
          reopening was for the purpose of serving the order  on  the  owner
          at the last registered address  and  to  reconsider  the  original
          petition for administrative review based upon rent  ledgers  which
          the owner claims he did not have before. 

               After a careful reconsideration of  the  evidence  of  record
          pursuant to the reopening, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
          aside from serving the owner at the 1990 registered  address,  the
          November  6,  1990  order   should   be   reissued   without   any
          modifications.


               The owner had ample opportunity to submit  the  rent  ledgers
          referred to by the owner in his reopening request.   The  tenant's






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NOS.: BD 110146 RO, ETC.
          overcharge complaint was filed in March 1984 and during the  three
          years that it was pending  before  the  Administrator,  the  owner
          failed to submit complete rent records despite  repeated  requests
          to do so.  The owner did submit leases with his petition with  the
          exception of the complaining tenant's vacancy lease and the prior 
          tenant's last lease and during the three years that  the  petition
          was pending the owner did not refer to the  missing  rent  ledgers
          that he now wants considered.

               Pursuant to Section 2529.6 of the  Rent  Stabilization  Code,
          the scope of review in administrative appeals is limited to  facts
          or evidence before the Rent Administrator unless it is established 
          that certain facts or evidence  could  not  reasonably  have  been
          included in the proceeding prior to  the  issuance  of  the  order
          being appealed.  In this case, not only did the owner  not  submit
          the rent ledgers to the Administrator, he did not submit  them  to
          the Commissioner while the petition was pending and has offered no 
          explanation as to why they were not available before now. 

               It is also well  settled  that  there  must  be  finality  in
          administrative proceedings and once a final determination is  made
          by the Commissioner, it cannot be modified or  revoked  unless  it
          was the result of illegality, irregularity in a  vital  matter  or
          fraud. As the reopening order noted, the only irregularity in this 
          proceeding was the failure to serve the owner with a copy  of  the
          order at the address with the Division  in  1990.   The  order  is
          being reissued solely to correct  that  defect  but  is  otherwise
          unchanged. 

               The  overcharge  award   of   $12,113.86   ordered   in   the
          Commissioner's November 6, 1990 order may be filed and enforced as 
          a judgment after the time to file an Article 78  pursuant  to  the
          Civil Practice Law and Rules has expired.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law  and
          Code, it is 

               ORDERED, that the Commissioner's order and opinion issued  on
          November 6, 1990 be and the same hereby is reissued.   

          ISSUED:







                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner



                                          










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