Glenwood Management, the luxury real estate developer cited (but not charged) in both Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver’s public corruption trials last year, has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit, the New York Times reports. The suit claimed that Glenwood had violated the Fair Housing Act’s requirements for people with disabilities.
In the deal, struck with the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, the developer agreed to renovate three residential complexes identified in the suit to better conform to the Act (“without admitting liability,” of course).
It will also pay up to $900,000 to victims of its “discriminatory housing practices,” as the decree signed by a federal judge in Manhattan describes them, and it will pay a $50,000 civil penalty.
Bharara’s civil rights unit has now filed ten lawsuits “ensure that the promise of the Fair Housing Act—that newly built residential buildings are accessible to people with disabilities—is being fulfilled in New York City,” the U.S. attorney told the Times on Friday.
Glenwood is one of New York state’s most generous political donors, and while no official or employee from the company was charged in either the Skelos or the Silver case, the firm’s owner, Leonard Litwin, was named as a co-conspirator.
In a statement, Glenwood said that the settlement had nothing to do with Bharara’s campaign to root out corruption in Albany: “The agreement underscores Glenwood’s commitment to designing and building housing in which all New Yorkers can feel at home.”