Tuesday, August 27, 2002
The most despicable person in New York: Money-grubbing landlord Denise M. Lyman of New York should be shunned by all New Yorkers. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Americans of all stripes came together and gave from their pocketbooks. Gave of their time. Gave of their tears.
Lyman has decided to take.
(CBS)-(NEW YORK)-A New York City landlord is demanding more than $27,000 from the estate of a Sept. 11 terrorist attack victim.
Danielle Kousoulis, 29, worked on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower as a vice president for Cantor Fitzgerald. She signed a lease on a $2,500-a-month loft apartment 10 days before a hijacked plane crashed into her workplace.
In a letter this month, landlord Denise M. Lyman claimed she was an unpaid creditor and threatened to take Kousoulis' family in Haddon Township, N.J., to court.
The New York Daily News reported that one of the complaints against the dead woman was that she failed to give three-months notice that she was leaving.
You think that's bad? It gets worse.
She said Lyman refused to let the family into their daughter's apartment to get a hairbrush for a DNA sample to identify any remains. The family finally obtained the sample with the assistance of the police.
Lyman will lose her case in court, but I don't think that New Yorkers, or Americans, will forget her heartlessness.