Ground Zero mosque Imam lawsuit for 200 violations including dead rats, bedbugs, non-working fire alarms, & mold proceeds with report to judge Friday
- The final inspection report will be turned over to Hudson County Superior Court today and a date for a teleconference between city attorneys, the attorney for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and the court will be arranged, city spokesman Mark Albiez said.
The city wants to place the building - 2206 Central Ave. - into receivership, meaning a third-party would be responsible for collecting rent and maintaining the property.
The city is suing Rauf for failing to address more than 200 fire and health code violations. The violations
- included dead rats in the basement,
- a faulty fire alarm system, and
- moldy bathrooms, ceilings and common areas.
Judge Thomas Olivieri has said that during the teleconference, the three parties will determine the next step, whether it be another court hearing or a ruling.
Olivieri previously ordered Rauf to reimburse the city $19,800 for having to assign police officers to watch the building for a period last month and earlier this month
- because of fire code violations.
Tomas Espinosa, the attorney for Rauf, has told the court that all the necessary repairs have been made.
- Rauf is proposing to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero where nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
- Reference: 9/15/10, NY Post, "Ground Zero Mosque Imam is a no-show in New Jersey court," T. Topousis
- the disgraced former County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski, and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who was mayor of Union City at the time.
- 9/5/10: ""Controversy hits close to home, Ground Zero mosque Imam is North Bergen resident, Union City property owner" The Imam owns 5 properties in New Jersey, current complaints of rats and bedbugs. Tenants fear repercussions if they speak up about violations.
- via Lucianne.com