Stanley Karol, a Airbnb host in Brooklyn, sued the city in federal court Wednesday, accusing officials of retaliating against him for speaking out in support of home rentals. The city levied fines on Karol that could total more than $30,000 after he appeared at a council meeting in June, according to the complaint. Airbnb agreed to pay his legal fees in the case, said Christopher Nulty, a spokesman for the company.
Just absolutely disgusting that the city would retaliate against someone for speaking out. This IMHO is why in California we have the law that cities cannot demand that anyone speaking at a city council meeting, give their name. We have a right to speak and not give our name, for this reason -- that governments cannot be trusted not to retaliate.