Friday, August 24, 2007

Stop in the name of the law!

In a move that could spell big fines and even criminal prosecution for offenders, the city is cracking down on contractors who continue work on construction sites after the city has ordered them to stop.

A new Buildings Department team called the Stop Work Order Patrol began sweeping construction sites in the Bronx last week, making unannounced visits.


City to builders: Stop means stop!

A new Buildings Department team called the Stop Work Order Patrol began sweeping construction sites in the Bronx last week, making unannounced visits.

When builders are caught working after they have been ordered to stop, they can be fined from $2,000 to $10,000. Builders who continuously disobey orders may be criminally prosecuted.

In Queens, where the Stop Work Order Patrol has been in effect for nine months, the rate of builders found working in violation of a stop-work order has dropped to 5% even while the number of building permits issued for new buildings and major alterations during that same time has stayed relatively constant.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee.....it took long enough.....
about 20 years to be exact..... for the city to get serious about stop work order scofflaws!

Anonymous said...

That may have put a crimp in Tommy Huang's style. Things are quiet on a number of his sites.

Taxpayer said...

Who will police the Stop Work Order Patrol?

Will this unit just become another line item in the developers' accounts payable ledger?

How are we all to know the quantity and location of Stop Work Orders issued? Violated? Reasons?

Anonymous said...

Tommy Huang (or his attorney du jour) will figure a way around this latest stumbling block. He always does.

Anonymous said...

Oh pa-lese. Its one thing to pass laws to look good, its something else to provide enforcement.

By the time the public wakes up, we are further in the hole with another two years of developers chomping at our community.

Anonymous said...

Passing laws is like passing wind !

Big stink......no yield !