With all the difficulty and vulnerability on the planet right now, it’s very important that we praise those individuals who are demonstrating themselves to be real heroes of society.
During the coronavirus pandemic individuals are living in what is by all accounts a steady condition of fear, notwithstanding their wellbeing, and that of their friends and family, however for the economic related repercussions this infection could have.
All things considered, one Brooklyn proprietor is hoping to drop the last weight from a couple of individuals, by dropping the current month’s lease for several tenants to guarantee they have enough cash to oversee them.
This Brooklyn landlord, Mario Salerno, is also the owner of the local car mechanic “Salerno’s Autobody” in my Brooklyn neighborhood. Truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He & his family make everyone feel like family. This is not surprising. https://t.co/Bs34tZeecZ
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) April 3, 2020
According to reports, on March 30 Mario Salerno put a sign on the front entryways of his high rises declaring that he would forgo lease installments for April.
The 59-year-old is said to possess around 80 lofts, with 200 tenants over the zones of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Salerno chose to defer the lease subsequent to becoming aware of a few tenants who were battling to make a decent living.
Is this the best landlord in New York? Mario Salerno tells his 200 tenants that they don't have to pay rent for April! pic.twitter.com/UC8y0S3VC2
— Colm Flynn (@ColmFlynn1) April 5, 2020
“Please note I am waiving rent for the month of April 2020. Stay safe, help your neighbours and wash your hands!!!” the notice read.
In a subsequent interview with NBC New York, Mario said his chief concern is the health and well-being of his tenants.
“I want everybody to be healthy,” he said. “That’s the whole thing. For me, it was more important for people’s health and worrying about who could put food on whose table. I say don’t worry about paying me, worry about your neighbour and worry about your family.”
What a truly remarkable gesture for a landlord to make, and one that will hopefully prompt others to follow suit and help people in any way they can.
Mario, you’re a true New York City hero, and indeed an inspiration for people who are going through tough times at the moment.
Please help us shed some light on this wonderfully kind man.