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n aiuuauucajuxsL rooo nn n MSB Co) Press to ICO 2-year leases BY USA L. COLANGELO DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU CITING HIGHER costs, landlords want the city to boost rents 8 on rent-stabilized apartments and stop offering two-year leases. "We're just trying to keep even," said Jack Freund of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords. "We're not even trying to get ahead." Freund, who spoke before the Rent Guidelines Board yesterday, ticked off a list of landlords' increased expenses, including taxes, fuel oil and a proposed hike in water rates. "This is nonsense," coun tered Michael McKee of Tenants PAC, a political action group for tenants. "Some of these landlords have been coming here for 20 years saying they are going out of business. And now some of them are buying buildings. There are tenants hanging on by their fingernails." The board will vote next week on preliminary hikes for the city's 1 million rent-stabilized apartments. A final vote will take place next month after a series of public hearings. Freund also asked the board not to bother figuring out a hike for two-year leases. "We would have to have a double-digit increase," he said, "and owners would rather not try to collect that kind of increase." But board chairman Marvin Markus said he doesn't know if the board can legally refuse to set two-year lease rates. Last year, the board approved rent hikes of 2.75 for one-year leases and 5.5 for two-year leases. In 2004, rents increased by 3.5 and 6.5. But a report issued this year showed landlord costs are higher than in previous years. Icolangelonydailynews.com x - n ry ' A jV 7 " V" U I'tii ' VI Jl :-:T-V H - r&J'l - "v :i !SHB'WS4lft ffrdDoini Tomes tuer BY ADAM NICHOLS and CARRIE MELAGO DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS A PENNSYLVANIA couple escaped with just minor injuries when a 3-foot rod plunged from the under-construc-tion headquarters of The New York Times and crashed through their car in midtown yesterday. But the victims' toddler son slept straight through the ordeal. "He didn't wake up until the firefighters opened his door, and then he started crying," Heather El Sayed, 28, said of her 2 ' 2-year-old son, Blaze, who ended up unharmed but with glass in his diaper. The alarming accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in front of The Times' future digs at 620 Eighth Ave. across from the Port Authority bus terminal. Officials said the pipe fell from the 43rd floor, passed through some netting at the 36th floor and slammed through the Honda Accord's closed sunroof. "I remember looking at the high building as we drove past it, and then glass was everywhere. I didn't know what happened," said Abdelazim El Sayed, 28, a diner worker in Phoe-nixville, Pa., who brought his family to New York to visit a cousin in Astoria, Queens. The El Sayeds were rushed to St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital, where the husband's right arm was put in a sling for a shoulder injury. Heather El Sayed, a substitute teacher, suffered a gash on top of her head that did not require stitches. "I feel lucky that this is all that happened to us," Heather El Sayed said. "The sunroof wasn't open. If that had been open, it could have been terrible." The Department of Buildings issued four safety violations against the contractor, Amec Construction Management, and ordered that work at the site cease until repairs are made. "We are deeply sorry this happened and are thankful the occupants of the car were not seriously injured," a Times spokeswoman said. cmelagonydailynews.com J K " """Jy ravesf gets 'A slap if or Hill praoSi ! BY ROBERT F. MOORE ! DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER A WHITE BROOKLYN firefighter slipped a Ku Klux Klan hood over his head and mocked one of the city's few black firefighters drawing only a reprimand from FDNY brass. The white firefighter and other Bravest who witnessed the incident but failed to report it were ordered to undergo sensitivity training. None of them was suspended or fired, FDNY officials said yesterday. The discipline was dismissed as a mere slap on the wrist by critics of the FDNY, which is being investigated by the Justice Department for its hiring practices, including claims of discrimination against blacks and women. "The only thing worse than the firefighter's actions is Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta's inaction," said FDNY Capt. Paul Washington, who heads the Vulcan Society, an organization that represents black firefighters. "When you don't punish anyone, you send the message that this will be tolerated." But FDNY officials defended the sanctions against the firefighters, while refusing to identify them or the Brooklyn firehouse where the November incident took place. "There was a full and complete investigation and all parties were satisfied with the resolution," said Frank Gribbon, the FID-NY'S chief spokesman. "The matter is closed." , The incident, which was reported yesterday in the Chief-Leader newspaper, took place after the black firefighter got a series of phone calls from a retired comrade, who repeatedly called him the "N-word," sources said. The black firefighter slammed the phone down each time and later complained to fellow Bravest. Later that night, the black firefighter was summoned to the kitchen for dinner. When he arrived, he found a white firefighter wearing the KKK hood. The black firefighter used his cell phone to snap a photo of the firefighter wearing the hood. A source said the black firefighter, who joined the department about four years ago, did not want to file a formal complaint. But he later showed the photo to Washington's brother, FDNY Lt. Kevin Washington, who reported it, sources said. "It was a stupid thing," an FDNY official said yesterday. "It was a very stupid thing." The black and white firefighters could not be reached for comment. Sources said they still work at the same firehouse. Fewer than 3 of the PONY'S 1 1,400 uniformed members are black. About 92, are white. rmoorenydailynews.com

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