EAST VILLAGE -- Con Edison has slammed a row of East Ninth Street buildings owned by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, with notices threatening to shut off service because Kushner's company failed to pay hundreds of dollars in electric bills.This is not the first time Kushner has been less than a model landlord:
Kushner's company, Westminster Management, has let $700.47 in unpaid electric bills pile up, according to a service turn-off notice delivered to the row of buildings spanning 329-335 E. Ninth St., and never paid a $525 security deposit.
The company must pay up within the coming weeks to avoid a service turn-off, according to the notice....
A representative of Westminster Management said the company was in the midst of transitioning the management of utility payments to a different company, likely causing a delay in payments, and added that the bill had been paid on Monday.
However, Con Edison's phone system showed the payment was still past due as of Monday evening.
Kushner has previously come under fire from tenants of the row of buildings between Second and First avenues for nightmarish conditions stemming from construction.Kushner is worth $200 million and runs his family's real estate business, which has spent at least $7 billion on real estate in New York in the past decade, including the purchase of 666 Fifth Avenue for $1.8 billion in 2007. At the time that was the most expensive single-property purchase in American history.
Several tenants of 331 E. Ninth St. withheld rent when collapsing ceilings and other conditions made their apartment unlivable....
The East Village buildings where Kushner is stiffing the electric company are not quite at that rarefied level:
I pay my Con Ed bill every month. I paid it every month thirty years ago, when I had a lot less money and lived in a building a couple of blocks away from the one in that photo that was just as crummy-looking.
C'mon, Jared -- what's your problem?