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NewYork does not recognize a legal claim for the publication of private facts. In New York, all invasion of privacy claims are governed by sections 50 and 51 of the New York Civil Rights Law,which prohibit the use of a living person's name or likeness for purposes of trade or advertising without consent. None of those statutes appear to apply to your facts.
Also, there would be no claim to defamation as you concede that the balance is past due.
In addition, a claim for tortious interference with a contractual relationship (i.e., tenant-landlord lease) may be contemplated but appears to be a stretch at best.
Nonetheless, I would still recommend consulting a local attorney to protect your rights and advise you accordingly.