Brooklyn, NY – The operator of the Canarsie adult home Seaport Manor, that was shut down by state officials after residents died from negligent care and some of the patients committed suicide, is profiting from another problem-plagued facility.
Baruch Mappa, who owned the Seaport Manor adult home before it was shuttered in 2003, owns the nearby New South Shore Manor’s building and Mappa’s two children and three grandchildren operate the new home, the state Health Department said.
Mappa pocketed $120,000 in rent from New South Shore in 2004, and residents have sued the home for allegedly stealing their money.
New South Shore Manor has been “targeting individuals with mental disabilities” to “steal money and personal property from them,” and retaliating against residents who sought an attorney’s help, according to the federal lawsuit filed.
In addition, Seaport administrator Elizabeth Rosenberg has recently begun working there, said a New South Shore Manor source. Rosenberg was removed from her job at Seaport by state officials after the facility was probed for unsafe conditions.
“The problem is Health Department doesn’t hold operators accountable,” said MFY Legal Services lawyer Jean Philips, who represents the Manor residents in the lawsuit. “They just close them down … and residents are moved to another place where they are treated the same.”