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FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY: - Fair Housing Justice Center

FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY: - Fair Housing Justice Center

FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY: - Fair Housing Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Thursday, February 5, 2009BROOKLYN REAL ESTATE BROKER AND BUILDER REFUSEDTO SELL NEW CONDO TO AFRICAN AMERICAN ATTORNEYToday Natali Todd, an African American attorney in New York City, filed a lawsuit infederal district court alleging that a Brooklyn real estate company and a builder refused to sellher a luxury condominium unit at 2569 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. In July 2007,despite offering the asking price, and later, an amount above the asking price for an apartment,Ms. Todd’s purchase offers were refused by the broker, Jack Potak Real Estate, and builder,Nicholas Cammarato. The lawsuit alleges that after Ms. Todd’s efforts to purchase anapartment were rebuffed, a white friend visited the building later in July and submitted a loweroffer on the same apartment. His lower offer was allegedly accepted by the defendants.Ms. Todd filed a discrimination complaint with the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), anonprofit civil rights organization based in New York City. A white tester was sent by the FHJCto inquire about purchasing a condo apartment in the Ocean Avenue building visited by Ms.Todd. The white tester was informed that prices for the units were negotiable and that he couldexpect an 8-10% discount off the list prices, amounts significantly lower than the rejected offerto purchase made by Ms. Todd.The 27-unit Ocean Avenue building is located in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood ofBrooklyn. According to 2000 Census data, the condominium building is located in a censustract that is 97% white and less than 1% African American. See the attached map showing theracial composition of this Brooklyn neighborhood.“Sadly, racial discrimination continues to reduce the housing choices available to AfricanAmericans regardless of occupation, education, or economic status,” stated Diane L. Houk,FHJC Executive Director. She added, “We are all diminished when any individual in ourcommunity is harmed by a discriminatory act and empowered when action is taken to correctthe injustice.”

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