Photo: Feisal Rauf in Qatar this past weekend on a tour of the Middle East paid for by Obama's State Department - your taxpayer dollars at work.
Out from under the rock crawls rats and roaches ..... Worse still, Ground Zero Imam Rauf snagged more than $2 million in public financing to renovate low-income apartments. He took the money and forced good people to live with vermin and dilapidation.
Imam Feisal A. Rauf won support for his Hudson County projects from powerful politicians, among them Robert C. Janiszewski, the disgraced former county executive. He also was awarded grants from Union City when U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was mayor. (NJ Record)
You have to admit, these conmen know how to scam the system. Now they are talking about getting 70 million to build a stab in the eye at Ground Zero. It's no wonder they have such contempt for us. Is Gloomberg still kissing Khan's keyster?
Page after page of municipal health records examined by The Record show repeated complaints ranging from failure to pick up garbage, to rat and bedbug infestations and no heat and hot water.
MOSQUE SLUMLORD NY Post
At buildings in Union City and Palisades Park, where Rauf reportedly got tax dollars to renovate low-income apartments, tenants yesterday said their gripes about their lousy housing conditions have been ignored.
"Why doesn't he help the tenants he has before he builds a new place, claiming he wants to help people?" said a disgusted Jamie Barillas, who lives in a Rauf-owned apartment at 2206 Central Ave. in Union City.
"Nothing gets done. We have to go through City Hall to get things done. . . . He doesn't care about his tenants," she said.
Barillas said that bedbugs plague the building -- but that when she tried to get building managers to respond, they claimed they didn't have the money to hire an exterminator.
Tenant Vilma Then chided Rauf as greedy.
"All he likes is money," she said. "Nothing ever gets fixed. I complain to the super, and all he says is that he has the same problem."
Vilma Then said she lived at Rauf's building around the corner until a fire forced her to move to 2206 Central Ave. She said her current situation is similar to her old digs, where she had a stove that was more like "a roach den."
She also complained that Rauf's wife, Daisy Khan -- who has been the imam's spokesperson while he is touring overseas -- "listens to what you have to say and writes things down and leaves -- and nothing gets done."
"She gives nothing but false promises," the resident said.
The projects were plagued by financial problems as well as tenant complaints, the paper said.
Khan did not immediately return calls to her home or workplace.
She had told The Record that all of the tenants' complaints had been addressed.
Francisco Nuñez, 46, who lives in one of the imam's Union City apartment houses, told The Post that Rauf "needs to pay more attention to this building because human beings live here -- we're not living here for free."
"We pay rent, which is the only time people come around -- to collect money."