Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

A Dayton Seaside Aspect to a Lawsuit against President Trump

June 6, 2021 --

The lawsuit concerns alleged actions the Trump Administration took to clear Lafayette Square of leftist demonstrators June 1, 2020.

LPR happened across an internet report stating the following:

"Attorney Randy Mastro alleged law enforcement used smoke bombs, pepper balls, and other use-of-force actions to clear out protesters last summer, adding some demonstrators suffered physical ailments and psychological distress."

In the 1990s, Mastro worked for Mayor Rudy Giuliani and, upon information and belief, helped Giuliani smear the Zukerman family in connection with the Dayton Seaside property tax manipulation.  (Rather than settle the transitional phase of a contractual tax abatement to full taxes, Giuliani, well-served by Mastro, manipulated the property taxes to claim vast tax arrears, a claim that forced the three Dayton Seaside apartment buildings in Rockaway Park, Queens, into bankruptcy. 

The bankruptcy judge ignored issues of material fact and granted the city summary judgment, leading to the forced sale in bankruptcy of the Dayton Seaside buildings.  Are the claims made by Mastro, concerning the leftist demonstration in the nation's capitol, a year ago, as spurious as Giuliani's claim, ignoring the tax abatement status of Dayton Seaside, that the Dayton Seaside buildings were in tax arrears.

The Dayton Seaside property tax manipulation proved the ongoing relevance of Madison's observation in Federalist  Paper No. 10, that "there is, perhaps, no legislative act" than the apportionment of property taxes "in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice."  The rules of justice were trampled by Giuliani and his acolytes in the Dayton Seaside property tax manipulation, which required, as HUD held mortgages on two Dayton Seaside buildings, the assistance of then HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo, with then Rep. Anthony Weiner piling on.