Judge Al-Khidr orders increased security at Skyline apartments

Syracuse, New York – A state Supreme Court judge on Friday ordered former NFL player Tim Green and his son Troy Green to increase security at Skyline apartments in Syracuse.

Judge Green National has ordered the maintenance of security personnel required under the city’s anti-nuisance order after the murder of a 93-year-old woman in the James Street building last year.

The Greens were supposed to increase security in the building, hold quarterly meetings with the building’s tenants’ association, increase door security in the building and add stairwell surveillance cameras.

Court records filed by Syracuse officials show that security remains intermittent, meetings have not taken place and that the Green Party has delayed placing the cameras.

“The only outcome we seek is to provide safe, high-quality housing to residents of Skyline Apartments and the community,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said in a news release Friday. “The city has fought this battle for years, and we welcome the court’s assistance in holding Green National accountable for its responsibilities as an owner. We will continue to use every available authority and work with partners at the local, state and federal levels to protect Skyline residents.”

An anti-disturbing order would allow the city to file criminal charges against the Greens or take ownership of the property if conditions do not improve. On Tuesday, Walsh said that’s still on the table. But he said his primary goal remains to force the Greens to improve conditions at the property.

The city’s petition came on the heels of state Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement last Thursday that the state would keep a $250,000 payment for failing to fully comply with all agreement requirements with the attorney general’s office.

Read more: New York AG to keep Greens for $250,000 after failing to fix Skyline apartments

Although Green National corrected more than 150 housing violations on its properties during the 60-day compliance period, the AG has documented many ongoing violations.

Troy Green, who owns the property with his father, former NFL player Tim Green, said in January that they have a buyer for the building. Four months later, the building has not yet been sold.

Walsh expressed doubts on Tuesday about the potential buyer, saying “we’ll believe him when we see him.”

Green said he could not comment on the court filing by the city due to a contract with the potential buyer.

“I still feel good about it,” Green said of the sale.

Syracuse police documented eight times a month that fewer than two security guards were at the front desk at Skyline apartments, the number required under a nuisance agreement.

The first complaints came from tenants, who said the guards working for Alpha Security – the company the Greens contracted with – regularly quit their jobs.

Emails between city officials and the Greens show that tenants informed city officials of the issues as early as April 11.

Tenant Larry Fuller later stated, “For my own safety and due to the security concerns that exist at Skyline, I don’t leave my apartment very often.”

The city notified Green National of the problem again on April 13 and gave the company one week to correct it along with its failure to implement stair cameras and to start quarterly meetings with the tenant association.

It seems that this did not happen.

On April 20, the city officially notified Green National that it was in violation of its anti-nuisance agreement.

Police officers have filed six reports since April 20 detailing security issues at Skyline apartments.

In one case, the main operating system stopped working, and a woman who had taken her dog out for a walk around 4 am was unable to get back because there was no security guard working at the front door. At other times, officers found the building’s back door open.

In another case, an officer spoke with a security guard who said they were supposed to have three security guards, but were “lucky to have one,” a police report filed on May 7.

Green National representative Sean Fry told the city he wasn’t aware of the hiring problem until the city notified him on April 13 in an affidavit the city provided.

“We understand that the security guards who were supposed to be on shift either quit suddenly, or simply didn’t call or didn’t show up,” Frey said in the April 19 affidavit.

Court records show that the guards also testified that they were not trained in how to deal with people who could be fickle and were often left on their own. One of the guards, Tyus Clayton, quit his security job with Alpha after one week at Skyline.

Two guards testified to the use and sale of drugs throughout the building. Both also testified that they were threatened.

“I quit my job at the safety of working at Skyline because I felt my life was in danger from working there,” Clayton said.

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Writer James McClendon covers breaking news, crime, and public safety. Do you have a tip, story idea, question or comment? Reach him at 914-204-2815 or [email protected].

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