Illegal construction is out of control in the city in part because unscrupulous developers know the likelihood of a DOB inspector "showing up is nil," Avella said.
Councilman wants Dept. of Building to hold builders accountable
There are 32 DOB inspectors assigned to monitoring construction sites in Queens, officials said. Citywide, there are 249.
Under Avella's proposal, a person who witnesses a code violation would complete an affidavit testifying to the illegal work they saw. The document would be used as evidence in court.