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

          -------------------------------------X   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE      DOCKET NO.:  DK630262RO
          APPEAL OF
                    NOONAN TOWERS COMPANY
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:  CD630260OM

                                   PETITIONER
          -------------------------------------X

          ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above named petitioner-owner timely filed a petition for 
          administrative review (PAR) of a Rent Administrator's order bearing 
          the above-referenced docket number which denied the owner's 
          application to increase the rents based upon a claim that a major 
          capital improvement was made to the building.

          In the application, concerning the premises located at 939 
          Woodycrest Avenue, Bronx, NY, the owner requested a rent increase 
          based upon the installation of interior and exterior lighting.

          The Rent Administrator denied the application in its entirety based 
          upon a finding that the installation did not qualify as an MCI.

          The petitioner challenges the Rent Administrator's denial of its 
          application contending, in substance, that the installation should 
          qualify as an MCI since it was done to decrease energy costs 
          replacing otherwise adequate equipment pursuant to paragraph 5 of 
          Operational Bulletin 23 (ETPA) and Operational Bulletin 112(EHRCL).

          Several tenants responded to the owner's petition alleging, among 
          other things, that the installations was unwarranted.

          After considering that portion of the record relevant to the issue 
          raised by this petition, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
          this petition should be denied.



















          ADMIN. REVIEW DOCKET NO. DK-630262-RO

          As determined by the Rent Administrator in the proceeding below, 
          and as the Commissioner has previously ruled, the installation of 
          exterior and emergency lighting (in the absence of electrical 
          upgrading of the entire premises) does not qualify as a major 
          capital improvement as defined in Section 2522.4 of the Rent 
          Stabilization Code, and Section 2202.4 of the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations because it was not required for the operation, 
          preservation and maintenance of the structure nor does it 
          materially add to the value thereof.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied; and 
          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                       ____________________
                                                         Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                                        Deputy Commissioner



























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