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Nearly 100 exasperated Bronx tenants stormed their landlord’s tony Riverdale mansion on Saturday and demanded his attention to a laundry list of woes.

“What do we want? Repairs! When do we want them? Now!” the group demanded, imploring Jonathan Wiener to meet with them and begin making the repairs.

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“Since he wouldn’t come to us, we came to him,” said Soledad Franco, whose apartment near Yankee Stadium is managed by Wiener’s company, Chestnut Holdings. “The only thing we want is for him to meet with us, so we can get all of our problems resolved.”

 

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Tenants of buildings owned by Chestnut Holdings demonstrate outside the home of its president, Jonathan Wiener, on Saturday in the Fieldston section of the Bronx

 

The tenants — joined by a coalition of community groups — attempted to hand-deliver a letter requesting a meeting with the landlord, but said Wiener refused to come to the door, called the cops and had an employee photograph and videotape the demonstration.

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The tenants have repeatedly complained about pests, vermin, heat and gas shutdowns and a litany of other problems, as well as what they described as harassment and retaliation on the part of management.

“You have big rats in people’s apartments,” Franco said. “You have roaches. Some people’s apartments have bed bugs. We’re not asking for much. All we ask is to be heard, and for these things to be done.”

 

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Tenants of buildings owned by Chestnut Holdings demonstrate outside the home of its president, Jonathan Wiener, on Saturday in the Fieldston section of the Bronx

 

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Chestnut Holdings owns 81 buildings and counts some 20,000 tenants, according to tenant-advocacy organization Community Action for Safe Apartments.

Franco said the group had already tried twice to meet with Wiener, but he skipped out on them each time.

They didn’t seem to get much further on Saturday, when police began ordering them to leave after about 20 minutes, telling them they were on a private road in Wiener’s leafy Fieldston neighborhood.

“He should have a heart,” said Franco, whose ceiling leaks during hard rains. “What these people want is repairs. Heat and hot water, the basic stuff. He’s not willing to meet with anybody.”

An employee at Chestnut holdings said Wiener wasn’t available to comment on Monday.

 

 

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