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NYC-Area Landlords Get Pirate Letters

FCC Enforcement Bureau traced FM signals after receiving complaints

Continuing its efforts to fight illegal broadcasts, the Federal Communications Commission has sent notices to five property owners and managers in and around New York City.

The letters from the Enforcement Bureau inform the owners that the FCC, after receiving complaints, traced unlicensed signals to each property in April, May or June. These letters inform the owners that under federal law, anyone who allows pirate radio broadcasting on a property can face significant financial penalties — up to $2.1 million.

The recipients are given 10 business days to show that they are no longer permitting pirate radio on their properties and to identify individuals engaged in pirate radio on the property that they own or manage.

-Paul Wilfred got a notice about broadcasts on 90.9 MHz in Cambria Heights.

-Jean Yvon Francois and Elcie Francois-Lapomarede got a letter about signals on 87.9 in Brooklyn.

-2062 Holding Corp. and its CEO Abe Soloff received a notice for a complaint of unlicensed broadcasts on 105.7 in the Bronx.

-Rachel Bridge Corp. and its Managing Agent Solomon Schwimmer were sent a notice about transmissions on 93.3 near Washington Heights.

-And Michelle Hepburn got a notice regarding 104.5 in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

This is the latest in a series of such FCC announcements.