JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The court case involving the former Crawford Furniture Factory is currently on hold.
The November 2022 fire laid waste to the former factory, leaving nothing but a pile of rubble behind.
City Attorney Elliot Raimondo tells us that the owners of the building had been cited for multiple code violations and hazardous materials, which was never done.
Both parties met in court last Friday, where ultimately the court was adjourned.
“It’s clear to everyone that the corporation involved, Allen Street Development, is liable for the damages that are at issue,“ explained Raimondo. “However, a bigger question has been, if that corporation declares bankruptcy, where are we going to get the money if we cannot get the money for this cleanup. Where it doesn’t have to come from the taxpayers, or Jamestown, the state of New York, or the federal government. So in that way we’ve been attempting to sue the owners of the corporation directly and specifically Richard Rusiniak.”
The city is facing over $5,000,000 in damages and clean up efforts.