A state senator who urged his constituents to maintain heat throughout the chilly snap is an adviser to a Harlem actual property agency whose tenants have repeatedly griped this winter concerning the lack of warmth of their residences.
Sen. Brian Benjamin serves on an advisory board for Genesis Cos., and till just lately, he had been searching for a $5,000-a-month part-time consulting gig with the agency.
Whereas the Democrat was angling for the payday, a few of his Harlem constituents had been struggling to remain heat of their Genesis-owned residences.
The agency has 18 buildings in Benjamin’s district. Since October, the town has obtained at the very least 215 complaints about Genesis residences not having both warmth, sizzling water or a radiator, data present. Not less than 46 complaints had been made this month alone.
In late December, Benjamin urged his tenants in tweets to contact his workplace about heat-related points. He additionally bragged about holding landlords accountable.
Earlier than Benjamin gained his seat in a particular election within the spring, he labored as managing director at Genesis. He presently serves as an unpaid Genesis advisory board member.
Genesis filed a disclosure with the state’s Joint Fee on Public Ethics in July saying it needed to pay Benjamin $5,000 a month as a marketing consultant on actual property improvement issues. Whereas the disclosure was filed six months in the past, it’s nonetheless awaiting the approval of the state Legislative Ethics Fee.
Nevertheless, Benjamin’s spokesman Neil Reilly mentioned Tuesday that, since his election, the senator — who earns $79,500 within the state put up — hasn’t taken a dime from Genesis and gained’t.
Reilly declined to say when Benjamin determined to cease searching for the job.
A spokesman for WinnResidential, Genesis’ property supervisor, mentioned that the agency investigates and addresses any tenant criticism inside 24 hours.