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Churchill: A kindness that family's landlord wouldn't muster

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Tiana Logan was standing outside her family's Hamilton Street apartment when I handed her the envelope. She looked inside and immediately began to cry.

The envelope contained a check for $2,150 from a reader of this column who was moved by the Logan family's plight and wanted to help.

As I wrote recently, Tiana and her husband, David, a maintenance worker for the Albany school system, forked over exactly that amount to rent an apartment at 520 Hamilton St. The couple quickly became convinced that bad air and mold in the apartment were making the family and its three small children sick.

The landlord, Judd Feinman, refused to return any portion of the money, even after the city issued a notice of violation for excessive moisture in the run-down, nine-unit building in the Pine Hills section of Albany.

The Logans were stuck. They didn't want to live in an unhealthy apartment. But without the money, they couldn't afford to rent another one.

And then, the anonymous donor came to the rescue. She dropped a bank check off here at the newspaper, and I surprised the Logans with it hours later.

Columnist Chris Churchill can be reached at........

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