City OKs Extradition of Absentee Landlord

In Wednesday's Buffalo News we learned that Housing Court Judge Nowak is going to press for extradition. Seems like Judge Nowak could also hold the owner of these two properties accountable at the same time. Fat chance, I know...

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  • The City of Buffalo would pay the cost of extraditing a California businessman accused of failing to renovate 56 dilapidated properties, an official said Tuesday. Assistant Corporation Counsel Peter J. Savage III said Mayor Anthony M. Masiello has agreed to pay the extradition costs for Joy A. Drati "given the county government's financial problems." First Deputy District Attorney John J. DeFranks said Tuesday he will know in about two weeks if there are enough legal grounds to justify cross-country extradition proceedings for Drati. Buffalo Housing Court Judge Henry J. Nowak is slated to begin a series of demolition hearings next month to consider safety and other factors linked to the 56 Drati properties in the city.
Smells like we are entering an election cycle...I'll be following the case and examining the costs of extradtion, too!