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Husband and wife developers plead guilty to illegally selling Elmhurst condos


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Two notorious Queens developers pleaded guilty last week to flouting a court order and illegally selling condo units, the attorney general said.

Tommy and Alice Huang were permanently barred from selling co-ops and condos in the state after they cheated Flushing home buyers in 1999.

But on June 19, the Huangs admitted to fraudulently selling 33 units in Elmhurst at the Broadway Tower Condominium.

“This egregious and unscrupulous greed on the part of the Huangs and their blatant disregard for the law and the safety of others must stop,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The controversial builders have been a “scourge” in the borough for more than 20 years, lawmakers said. Their “misconduct” in Queens includes illegal and unsafe construction, environmental crimes and building code violations, Schneiderman said.

Tommy Huang was sentenced to five years’ probation in 1999 for damaging the landmarked interior of RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing.

He was also denied a variance by Community Board 11 last November to complete the construction of four single-family homes in Bayside.

“Frankly, today’s announcement has been a long time coming and is long overdue,” said State Senator Tony Avella, who called Huang the “poster child” for unscrupulous developers.

Tommy Huang, 59, and Alice Huang, 60, pleaded guilty to securities fraud felonies. The pair must return $4.8 million in illegal profits and penalties to the state and surrender their holdings at the Broadway Tower Condominium, the attorney general said.

They can face up to four years in prison if the debts are not repaid, officials said.

Tommy Huang will be barred from New York construction and real estate industries for at least five years. Both husband and wife remain permanently banned from selling securities in the state.

Their son, Henry Huang, is also prohibited. Schneiderman said he helped his parents circumvent their court order and then covered up their crimes by filing false documents with authorities.

Tommy Huang, who was denied a variance to complete construction on these Bayside homes last year, pleaded guilty to felony charges. (THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan)

 

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Community board blocks developer


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A notorious Queens developer has hit a roadblock in Bayside after a community board unanimously voted down a variance that would have allowed him to complete construction in the area.

Tommy Huang — whose properties have racked up a laundry list of complaints and violations, according to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) — was denied variance approval by Community Board 11, meaning he may not be able to finish constructing four single-family homes in Bayside.

The properties in question — located at 39-39 223rd Street and 39-01, 39-15 and 39-19 Mia Drive — have been a problem site for years, local leaders said. The 223rd Street site has accumulated 93 complaints and 46 violations from city agencies so far, according to the DOB.

The controversial builder’s “shoddy” developments have also been allegedly tied to the death of an immigrant worker last year in Elmhurst when a 20-foot faulty concrete wall constructed by Huang’s company collapsed on top of him, State Senator Tony Avella said.

“[He] is no stranger to the Queens community. He is infamous in engaging in unscrupulous building practices on a repeated basis, with his unsafe construction practices dating back almost 20 years,” said Avella. “Previous patterns of behavior are the best indicator of future behavior.”

According to Community Board 11’s district manager Susan Seinfeld, board members felt the work permits Huang received back in 2004 were obtained “erroneously and improperly to begin with.”

“It was a misuse of the zoning done purposely,” she said.

The development was also deemed an “interior lot” and not a “through-lot,” officials said, which means Huang may be violating zoning resolutions if he does not include a 30-foot rear yard as required for the site.

The variance application will still need to go through the borough president’s office and then to the Board of Standards and Appeals, Seinfeld said, but there is currently a stop work order on the homes, which are built but not completely finished.

“This was a recommendation to the Board of Standards and Appeals to please not approve the variance because it was wrong to begin with,” Seinfeld said.