Posted by Stanley Bulbach on November 05, 1996 at 19:58:55:
There are instructions on this Board regarding Stipulations that are drawn up in Housing Court. However everyone should be warned that once they sign a Stipulation, they should not let it out of their sight until the Judge signs it and until they get a copy of the multi-form. My Tenants Committee signed a stip. and the landlords and his attorney then took it from our sight and added an additional paragraph. The Housing Court Judge didn't care; the Disclinary Committee of the Bar Association didn't care; Supervisiong Judge Salvador Callazo didn't care; Administrative Judge Jaqualine Silberman didn't care; the Task Force on Housing Court didn't care, etc. We published information about the fraud in the October 24, 1996 Chelsea Clinton News and in the October 16, 1996 Villager. We announced this fraud before Community Board #4 and send materials to State Senator Abate, State Assemblymember Glick, and Councilmember Duane. In a nutshell, every official and every tenant group in on written notice of this permitted corruption and NO ONE SEEMS TO GIVE A DAMN.
Now we are hearing complaint of other similar instances. Meanwhile, The Daily News and The Post have published articles on or about October 10, 1996 about how the Supervising Judge who is permitting the doctoring, has been under under investigation for the past year by the staate Commission on Judicial Conduct for sexually harassing three of his staff.
In short, please do not advise people to walk into Housing Court unware that the doctoring of stipulatinos is permitted. As Judge Callazo wrote, a stipulation can stipulation away a tenants statutory and even constitutionaly rights. Landlords' attorneys have absolutely nothing to loss and everything to gain by attempting to doctor stipulations in Housing Court, especially when elected officials, Court Administration and Housing Groups such as NYSTNC, City Wide, Met Council are aware and insoucient. Forewarned is forarmed.
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