A real-estate developer with ties to convicted ex-political bigwigs Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos has to revamp its buildings to make them more disability friendly and cough up more than $950,000 in fines, according to a settlement reached with feds.
US Attorney Preet Bharara sued Glenwood Management – once the biggest political donor in New York – just over a week ago because several of its properties were inaccessible to people with disabilities.
The developer has agreed to make extensive retrofits to its Manhattan apartment buildings Liberty Plaza, Hawthorne Park and The Sage and inspect six other properties.
The nine buildings house more than 2,500 rental units.
Glenwood will also pay up to $900,000 to compensate individuals who’ve been affected by the buildings’ inaccessibility and pay a $50,000 civil penalty, authorities said.
This was the 10th lawsuit Bharara’s office has filed against Glenwood for violating the federal Fair Housing Act.
“This settlement shows our enforcement efforts have motivated major developers like Glenwood to embrace their obligations under the law by making retrofits in thousands of apartments, compensating aggrieved parties, and establishing procedures to ensure accessibility at ongoing and future development projects,” Bharara said in a statement.
The settlement was signed off by Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Oetken on Thursday, court records show.
Lawyers for Glenwood didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.