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Ground Zero imam: Slumlord millionaire

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Feisal Abdul Rauf is in hot water due to numerous building code violations in Hudson County, NJ. 

Today, The Star-Ledger was permitted access to one of the 16 apartments at 2206 Central Ave., a building owned by Feisal Abdul Rauf. Multiple, unaddressed complaints of leaks, mold, bedbug and rodent infestation and fire hazards at the dwelling are why Union City is suing Rauf, the imam leading efforts to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center, Mayor Brian Stack said.

The city claims Rauf, named as the sole officer of Sage Development LLC, has failed to properly maintain two apartment buildings at the corner of Central Avenue and 22nd Street. It is asking the court to appoint custodial receivership that would collect rents and apply the funds to correct repairs and hazards, while also settling fines imposed by the city.

Despite having received millions of dollars in government subsidies for renovations, Mayor Stack referred to Rauf as the “city’s worst landlord”.

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Written by dailypager

September 16, 2010 at 3:24 am

Posted in Ground Zero, Mosque, NJ, NYC

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