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BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
Residents at a building are
making progress in working
with their landlord to rectify
quality-of-life and safety concerns.
Tenants at 2985-87 Webster
Avenue, part of a trio of buildings
known as Bedford Park
Manor, met with representatives
from their landlord, The
Stagg Group, to discuss how to
correct a multitude of issues –
from missing safety cameras
to the property’s overall cleanliness.
The third building, 2999
Webster Avenue, didn’t participate
in the talks.
Several tenants that the
Bronx Times spoke to cited
a variety of issues in their
building, including neighbors
harassing neighbors, roach
infestation near incinerators,
squatters who were living in
the basement of 2985 Webster
Avenue, and the lack of building
vestibule locks at 2985.
Zxavier Simpson, 2985 Tenant
Association president, said
that he has witnessed an ongoing
downward spiral in the
building since it fi rst opened
three to four years ago. He is
one of the original tenants.
Representing The Stagg Group were Michael Brabazon and Frank Buglione,
Esq. Photo by Silvio Pacifi co
Property manager Javier Monry (l.)
and Ken Agosto, who represented
Senator Jamaal Bailey at the meeting.
Photo by Silvio Pacifi co
Oswald Feliz, a housing
lawyer, represented the tenants
at the meeting on Friday,
March 1 inside 2987 Webster
Avenue, and believes that
progress was made.
“I think everyone wants
to solve the problems and for
that reason I am very hopeful
we are going to make quick
progress,” said Feliz, adding
“I am sure that we are going to
be able quickly resolve the issues
now that we have all the
parties at the table and on the
Michael Brabazon, marking
and communications director
for Stagg, said that the
as many as eight tenants spoke
during the meeting about their
One situation involved the
elevators that do not function
when fi re or smoke is detected.
Management explained that
the system is designed to shut
down in those instances.
Feliz said that tenants
brought up concerns including
residents calling the management
offi ce to schedule access
to apartments for repair
crews that never arrived and
the broken security cameras
which were recently repaired
“It seems like the security
cameras broke and took a long
time to be replaced, and the
tenants said they want more
installed, especially in stairways,”
said Feliz, who is also
the Democratic Party’s 78th
Assembly District State Committeeman.
Feliz said the landlord appears
to be listening and they
plan to meet again in early
April to talk about the issues
Feliz also said that as of
the March 1 meeting, there
weren’t live-in superintendents
at the pair of buildings,
but he expects that this could
Brabazon said that The
Stagg Group and its fi rm Five
Star Management sent three
representatives to tthe enant
“We wanted to be there,” he
said. “We felt it was the right
thing to do and we wanted to
hear what they had to say.”
Some of the discussed topics,
such as the security cameras
not working, were rectifi
ed, said Brabazon.
Additionally, the company
is in the process of launching
an online portal where tenants
can make maintenance
requests, he said.
Brabazon said that he did
not want to see ‘an us vs. them’
feeling develop between the
tenants and management.
In a statement, Senator Jamaal
Bailey, said that it was
unfortunate that tenants had
to endure substandard infrastructure
and lack of superintendent
attention for a signifi -
cant amount of time and that
he was willing to work with
the tenants and landlord to
fi nd solutions.