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Dog owner sues NYC co-op, accountant to block eviction for barking

He works for a symphonic rock band — however a barking canine isn’t music to his ears!

An accountant who rents out his Higher East Facet co-op condo is being sued by the downstairs neighbor for attempting to get her evicted over the alleged “incessant” yapping of her canine “Snowball.”

Adam Seidel, comptroller of the corporate that manages the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is accused in court docket papers of a “continuous course of harassment” towards Blanche Zelmanovich, who purchased the 18-pound, West Highland White Terrier in January 2021.

Seidel’s alleged “threatening and harassing habits” contains sending Zelmanovich textual content messages wherein he vowed to “do every thing inside my energy to help the constructing in having you and/or your canine eliminated” and warned, “Suppose sensible about the way you’d like this to finish.”

Zelmanovich’s Manhattan Supreme Court docket swimsuit alleges that Seidel “aided” co-defendant Eastmore Homeowners Corp. in serving along with her a discover final 12 months that accuses her of violating her lease and the home guidelines.

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Adam Seidel has complained a number of instances in regards to the barking of his downstairs neighbor’s canine.
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Zelmanovich says that the complaints about her pet “have largely come” from Seidel’s unidentified tenant and that a minimum of 15 different residents have signed sworn affidavits that describe Snowball as “a quiet and well-behaved canine.”

“I don’t discover the noise coming from Blanche’s condo extreme in any respect,” neighbor Dalton Ang wrote.

“In reality, I can barely hear Blanche or Snowball from my condo, and that’s coming from an individual who lives proper subsequent door to them.”

Zelmanovich additionally says she suffers from “extreme nervousness” and obtained Snowball to supply “emotional assist and luxury.”

Final month, an govt at Allied Companions, which manages the constructing, wrote in an affidavit that the corporate had acquired “quite a few complaints” about Snowball, largely from the condo “straight above,” together with “numerous hours” of audio recordings made there, “in addition to within the hallway exterior of Plaintiff’s residence.”

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Snowball’s proprietor, Blanche Zelmanovich, mentioned she purchased the pooch to assist along with her nervousness.
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Allied Vice President Adrienne Alicea additionally mentioned neither the corporate nor the co-op board “has ever acquired written discover from any medical supplier … indicating any incapacity suffered by Plaintiff nor any prescription for the canine as an emotional assist animal.”

Seidel, who lives in Port Washington on Lengthy Island, declined to remark Friday and his lawyer didn’t return an electronic mail from The Put up.

The Eastmore’s lawyer additionally didn’t return a message and the constructing’s doorman mentioned Zelmanovich’s upstairs neighbor “has nothing to say.”

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