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My name was slandered in a letter to the New York State

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My name was slandered in a letter to the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The Landlord made a false statement and my guess is her lawyer informed her not to move forward with the case. My kife has been a living hell and I want to seek restitution.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state you're in?
Customer: New Rochelle, New York.
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: She filed a Ten Day Notice To Cure With a Seventeen Day Notice To Vacate With the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Division.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes, I have been harassed by other tenants and I can also support discrimination via photos take as I have a disability and I was cited for parking in the driveway to unload my parcels while numerous tenants park in the driveway and nothing is said.
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Under New York law, the elements of a defamation claim are:

  1. a false statement;
  2. published to a third party without privilege or authorization;
  3. with fault amounting to at least negligence;
  4. that caused special harm or defamation per se.

See Dillon v. City of New York, 261 A.D.2d 34, 38 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 1999). You can seek restitution for your damages by filing a civil action against the LL for defamation and proving up these legal elements with supporting facts/evidence.

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