Landlord Accused Of Flooding Out Neighborhood Association

BRIGHTON BEACH, NY (PIX11) -- The Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association is recovering from a major flood Tuesday Morning that left their office in shambles and now, one woman says the landlord is to blame.

"It was coming down like a rain storm in my office," said Pat Singer, the organization leader.

Early Tuesday morning, Singer said she got a call from a co-worker that water was gushing from the ceiling and all over the office electronics such as phones, computers, scanners and digital cameras.

"There were pictures all over the wall that we salvaged," said Singer.

Firefighters told Singer that the flood was caused by a hole in the ceiling that was left open when workers were replacing a vent.  Singer said this comes at contentious time between her organization and the landlord, Alex Levin of World Epsilon Enterprises and she's suspicious.  Just days before the flood, the landlord's co-owner informed Singer that she needed to move out of the building.

"They want me out.  Well, I can't do that and I'm not going to," said Singer.

Singer said that about a year ago, new landlords took over and they said she could stay.  But since then, things have changed.  And the morning of the flood, Singer said her landlord sent over a realtor to show her new property.

"I was like, do you hear me? Do you see what's going on?  Can you get someone to stop it?" said Singer.

PIX 11 went to the landlord's office Thursday to talk to him about the hole in the ceiling, but he wasn’t available for comment

Singer said she doesn't plan to go anywhere, even though half of her ceiling has collapsed and her insurance will not cover the damage.

"I'll survive these people."