Rockland County sues phony landlords


749 Main Street in New Hempstead

NEW CITY – Two men, who had their property foreclosed by Rockland
County for failure to pay $54,000 in taxes, are being sued in Rockland
County Supreme Court for renting out apartments at the 749 Main Street,
New Hempstead property after the county took it over.

County Executive Edwin Day is furious over the illegal actions taken by
the two men.

? “This is just a scam; it’s outrageous. This is like renting
out the Brooklyn Bridge. The County of Rockland is not interested in being
a landlord and to represent themselves as owners of a property is just
wrong,” Day said of the two men.

Tenants were paying Greenbaum $2,000 per month in rent to Dancziger, the
property manager, they told investigators.

The county executive has referred the case against the two men, Joseph
Greenbaum and Elazer Dancziger, to the sheriff’s office for a criminal

Rockland took the deed for the single-family home on September 18 in a
foreclosure action. Greenbaum, the owner, had not paid property taxes
since 2012.

The county offered assistance to the tenants to find new housing and the
building has since been vacated.

A year ago, another property owned by Greenbaum, a small grocery store
at 137 North Main Street in Spring Valley, was just hours away from being
auctioned in a foreclosure sale when he paid an outstanding $37,196 tax