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It seems that our old friend, Glenn Plaskin, the crony of Sheldon Silver who gets a palatial apartment at below-market rates, is acting as a surrogate thug for LeFrak’s Gateway Plaza. the lawsuit states:
” But a dangerous pattern has emerged. One by one, numerous Plaintiffs and potential Plaintiffs — including Barbara Stoebel, David Spencer, and Pauline Wolf — have dropped out of the case. Most recently, just days after enlisting as a party Plaintiff, putative class plaintiff Ninfa Segarra has informed Counsel that she was contacted by Glenn Plaskin, the President of Gateway Plaza’s Tenant’s Association. According to Ms. Segarra, Mr. Plaskin found out she was a proposed plaintiff and then tracked her down and threatened her that her lease would not be renewed if she participated in this lawsuit.
Plaintiffs believe Mr. Plaskiq is acting as Defendants’ surrogate to intimidate tenant members of the putative class who either assist or are involved in this action.
Defendants’ and Mr. Plaskin’s conduct violates N.Y. Real Property L. §§ 223-b and 235, undermines the Court’s authority and its ability to manage the action, and interferes with the tenants’ substantive rights under Real Property L. § 235-b as well as their right of access to the courts to seek redress for their grievances.
In order to preserve the integrity of the litigation, swift and decisive action is needed. Inparticular, the Court should:
(a) Issue a cease and desist order and/or other injunction to restrain Defendants and their agents and surrogates from communicating with Plaintiffs and other class members on the subject of this litigation, and require Defendants to serve the order on Mr. Plaskin;
(b) Prohibit Defendants from discriminating or retaliating against Plaintiffs or class members in any fashion, including by evicting tenants who participate in the case or by tenninating or refusing to renew their leases;
(c) Issue a corrective notice to all class members at Defendants’ expense, informing the tenant class that no one may threaten, intimidate, or otherwise target them for participating in this action and that any such retaliation or harassment is unlawful and will invite heavy sanctions from the Court;
(d) Authorize Plaintiffs to conduct discovery regarding Defendants’ and Mr. Plaskin’s actions and, thereafter, to amend their Complaint to assert additional causes of action, including retaliation, against both Defendants and Mr. Plaskin;
(e) Grant further sanctions as the Court deems appropriate.”