NYC official: Kushner firm flouted rules, endangered tenants

A New York City councilman investigating the Kushner family real estate company says it has failed to get inspections ensuring several of its buildings are safe for tenants

NEW YORK -- A New York City councilman investigating the Kushner family real estate company says it is putting tenants in danger by allowing several of its building to avoid safety inspections.

New York Oversight Committee Chair Ritchie Torres said Tuesday that his probe shows the firm once run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been renting apartments to hundreds of tenants in nine buildings with expired certificates of occupancy. The certificates are issued by city regulators to ensure there is no illegal construction or fire hazards.

The regulator, the Buildings Department, has called the findings "paperwork lapses" and blasted the findings as "pure grandstanding."

The Kushner Cos. says it is working with regulators to correct "various issues" inherited from previous landlords and is "committed to the safety our residents."