June 20, 2017 By Jason Cohen
The owner of a 23-unit building in Corona who attempted to evict his undocumented tenants is going to be investigated as part of a multiagency probe looking into discrimination.
On June 12, Jaideep Reddy, who owns 95-36 42nd Avenue, sent a notice to his tenants calling on them to provide proof that they are either legal immigrants or citizens (green card or passport) and that they are employed.
“P.S If you fail to comply, your lease will not be renewed, we may have to terminate your lease and may have to evict you from the apartment,” read the notice.
Reddy did apologize after his demand was brought to the attention of the media, according to the Daily News, although he claimed that his electrician’s wife wrote the letter.
However, one tenant felt an apology was not enough and contacted state senator Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights). Peralta then filed a complaint with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office and now Gov. Cuomo has ordered a number of agencies to investigate Reddy and check to see whether the practice is widespread.
“This is unreal, and sadly, it seems that it’s open season against immigrants since the election of Donald Trump,” Peralta said.
“My district is the United Nations of all Senatorial districts, and I am not going to tolerate this, or any other form of discrimination. This is a sanctuary City and no one should be asking for legal proof of residency, and much less threatening people if they don’t comply. This is unthinkable in 2017 New York City. This is unthinkable in 2017 Queens, the most diverse borough in the City.”