The mainstream media has lionized this deadbeat thug, and will no doubt continue to do so. But he continues to show the true, ugly face of the Ground Zero Mosque project. "Mosque developer can't take care of vermin-infested apartment building," by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein for the New York Post, October 23 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
The developer who wants to build a $100 million mosque and community center near Ground Zero can’t take care of a rat-ridden apartment building with just 14 units.
Sharif El-Gamal, the main developer behind the mosque, has nearly 400 open violations that he has refused to fix despite a court order. His company owes the city $61,633 in fines, fees and taxes for the property at 1835 Amsterdam Ave.
El-Gamal, a principal in the company that owns the Washington Heights building, is due in court Thursday. If he doesn’t show up, he risks being sent to jail.
He already failed to appear at a Sept. 28 hearing....
More than 150 complaints about the building, including rats, roaches and lack of heat, were logged with the city from July 2010 to May 2011.
The building’s staircase “was obstructed with construction debris, and the fire escapes were also obstructed,” according to legal papers.
There are 366 housing-code violations that the owner hasn’t addressed, according to the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
HPD sued El-Gamal’s company, Washington Heights Holdings II, to fix the problems and reached a consent order in September. It also fined the company $5,550. It’s unclear if any work has been done.