Fitzmaurice, who has overseen the operations of what is now
Fitzmaurice said his dismissal was "sudden and unexpected," adding that he would have expected such a move in early January, after the lender first filed the foreclosure papers and after the court appointed a receiver for the building, not almost two months later.
"It's something that happens in foreclosure cases, but my understanding is it's something they would do right off the bat," he said.
Fitzmaurice and the other building workers were employed by
"We're no longer funding that portion of the
The layoffs do not affect the remaining tenants in the building, which is now 95 percent empty, Schechter stressed. He noted that the building engineers are still at work and
"Nothing's really changed from a tenant standpoint," he said. "The heat's on. The water's on. The floors are cleaned. The elevators work. Everything is status quo from that perspective. We're accommodating the tenants who are there as best as we can and we are actively looking for more tenants."
Meanwhile, Schechter said the legal process continues. "The foreclosure proceeding is moving forward, and it'll still be a couple of months before we know anything," he said.
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