Ithaca, N.Y. — A local landlord has pleaded guilty to 122 counts of violations in city court, according to a news release from Ithaca officials.


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Aaron Pichel, co-owner of the property at 102 East Court Street in the DeWitt Park Historic District, was charged with violating Ithaca and New York state codes.

He agreed to pay fines of up to $20,000, according to the news release.

The city statement says:

“A 2009 inspection of the premises revealed the dilapidated condition of the property and Pichel was ordered by the Building Commissioner to make repairs to the structure. Pichel made no repairs and after another inspection in July 2013, he was again ordered to make repairs to the structure.”

“Again, the required repairs were not made and in July 2014, Pichel was charged with numerous violations.”

Among the charges were failure to maintain a property within the DeWitt Park Historic District and failing to obey orders of the building commissioner.

“He agreed to remedy the violations and bring the house in compliance with all codes within a period of approximately six months, with the failure to do so resulting in payment of the additional $15,000 to the City.”

“The case was prosecuted for the City Attorney’s Office by Assistant City Attorney Robert Sarachan, and the defendant, who is an attorney, represented himself.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.