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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


May 9, 2003

Press Contacts:
(212) 825-5931


ROSE GILL HEARN, Commissioner of the Department of Investigation (DOI), announced yesterday's arrest of Stanley L. Barry for displaying what appeared to be a handgun to a housing inspector as he tried to do a routine inspection on Barry's residential apartment building in Queens.

Barry, 66, of Garden City, N.Y., was charged with Menacing in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree. No weapon was recovered when he was arrested. If convicted, Barry faces up to one year in jail.

"Housing inspectors have difficult jobs as they try to ensure that New Yorkers have safe living conditions," said Commissioner Gill Hearn. "Corruption of any kind is upsetting but threatening violence is unconscionable and will be punished to the full extent of the law."

DOI began its investigation after supervisors at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development reported the incident to DOI. Investigators from from DOI's Squad of NYPD Detectives interviewed Housing inspectors and determined there was legally sufficient evidence to sustain the filing of criminal charges. They arrested Barry when he appeared at HPD's offices in Lower Manhattan.

Commissioner Gill Hearn thanked HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine for her assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

This case was conducted by DOI's Squad of NYPD Detectives led by Deputy Inspector Ann Marie Connell. Investigators included Det. Derrick Davis, Det. Levi Taylor and DOI's Deputy Inspector General for HPD Daniel Alejandro.

The office of Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown will prosecute.

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To make a complaint about someone ripping off the city, call 311 or call DOI directly at (212) 825-5959.

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