Landlord of Neglected Newburgh Property Arrested


Photo © Chet Gordon/Times Herald-Record

One of Newburgh’s biggest problems is neglected and abandoned properties. They attract crime and most times have to be knocked down because they are past the point of saving. The rescue me series has proven that enough. Last Friday the Times Herald Record published an article stating that the City of Newburgh has now arrested the owner of the property above, 123 Renwick St. The owner has 16 cases that have piled up for the past 7 years.

Many people have complained that the City should heavily fine delinquent landlords so that homes do not sit and rot. The ideal situation would be to turn these homes over to new owners who will promise to repair them and live in them for 5 to 10 years. Hopefully this can continue full force.

Do you think the City will continue to press charges against repeat offender landlords?

7 Comment

  • I believe, with the help of the ineffectual Judge Culkins, this criminal landlord was let go after paying the first of his many fines and then allowed to pay only a dollar for the rest, for which he should have paid very much more. He is back on the street making for an uglier and more blighted Newburgh and with this inept judge things can only get worse until he is thrown out of office.

  • Wow, well I think the point of this was to scare him, and scare others. Only time will tell…

  • This is why i was forced to sell my home up the street because of garbage like this being allowed to happen!!…We bought our home on Renwick in 1973 and that building has been deterioationg since before then!!!…How can the City let this happen for decades!!…Action must continue like this and if the City won’t do anything then Albany must be notified or someone who cares…….Let’s see what happens. My dear friend lives directly across the street from this wreckage in a beautiful small home that she bought not realizing this problem and she has been fighting this fight!!! She walks out her front door and sees this garbage dump in a once beautiful neighborhood. This must stop!!! Especially in this day and age!! If these so called landlords do not take care of them with in a years time….the city takes ownership or the community and tear it down and make a park!!

  • It’s not just slumlords that Judge Kulkin goes easy on, it’s slum tenants. too (Newburgh’s other big problem). Last week I sat through tenant / landlord (aka eviction) proceedings that he was hearing and he gushed sympathy over a tenant who owed more than $3,000 in back rent and had caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to her apartment. She pleaded poverty, Kulkin gave her till the end of the month to leave and told her to be a good girl going forward, while the landlord was left with a $5,000+ hole in his pocket that Kulkin couldn’t give a damn about.

    Yes, the City should act tough on delinquent landlords. But it shouldn’t punish the good ones too. The poor landlord referenced above voiced an opinion I’ve heard repeatedly among owners of rental properties who have been burned badly by their experience in Newburgh : “I’m selling up and getting out”.

  • It’s a step in the right direction, but there are too many places in Newburgh that are like this and continue to go neglected. What we need to do is continually contact Code Enforcement or any other branches of the City’s government that may be relevant to the issue at hand and file complaints. Complaints can be anonymous but if enough people focus on one thing, it may just result in some improvements. There may be instances where hairs are frivolously being split over what should constitute a violation, but chances are if it bothers you, it’s bothering the masses, and one by one, we should let the city know we notice these things and they should be acting upon it.

  • Absolutely!!! What’s to stop these “delinquent landlords” from letting their buildings fall into an atrocious state? If there is no punishment for such a disgraceful act then what will ever change??? It’s so sad what has happened to so many beautiful buildings. Newburgh needs some serious TLC.

  • Hi all im unfurtainly also a house owner in city of newburgh let me explain u what i had, i purchase a house there few years ago & i rebuild the whole house but 1 night the criminals on the block broke in & they stole all the cooper & brand new boilers so i redid it again it cost me $15,000 & i finally got it rented, after 2 months the teanent moved out he couldnt live there anymore with kids it was dangerus so i tried to rent it out again but i had no luck in the mean time the people like animals broke in again & stole all the cooper boilers again!!!! i was broke financilay i want to the cops to keep an eye on the bldg & i boarded up with plywoods but they got in again so city toke me in court for unsecured bldg violation i explained judge culkin whats going on but he said i dont care u have to secure the bldg so i did it once more but hey broke in again i was like hay what can i do should i hire a security guard so in the mean time city kept sending court latters which i didnt go since the judge dont care for so they isued a arrest warrent for me & they kept sending court orders & warrents on a monthly basis i had no choice i was trying to sell it but nobode was interested buying it i offered for 5k but no offer came in so now they sending sheriff’s to landlords to arrest them.

    i appel to city of newburgh officals: please take care from your criminals & drug dealers,gangsters than u wouldnt have all those issues