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Cable TV

Posted by Babs on May 31, 2001 at 08:48:39:

I live in a 20-unit apt. bldg. in Brooklyn (built late 1800's) with a mix of rent-control and rent-stabilized apts. Recently the landlord has decided we can't have cable TV and has cut the main wire. In a confrontation with him, he claims he never gave permission (he did indeed as the cable company over 8 years ago would not wire our building without it). He also claims his insurance is being raised $6,000 because of having cable and that it is a fire hazard (but not because of all the faulty wiring in the building I guess). He padlocked the back exit to the building so the cable company couldn't go down to repair. One tenant called and let the guy go down a fire escape in order to repair it. We had cable for about 6 days. When he realized it was fixed, he had his son cut the wire again. We called the cops but they can't arrest him without a witness. We have one who saw the cable get cut, but she is afraid to go forward as I think she fears repercussions.
Does anyone know how we can fight this (i.e. who we can contact).

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