Councilman James Oddo wrote an Op-Ed recently calling for the end to self-certification. Here is an excerpt:
Professional certification is a failure. City Council members know it and, more importantly, everyday New Yorkers know it. It is incumbent upon us to reverse course and eliminate the program. The Independent Budget Office (IBO), in a study I requested, has provided us with a blueprint on how to make that a reality.
Eliminate Professional Certification to Rebuild the DoB
IBO’s study found that the cost of eliminating this controversial program would be $7.5 million annually, while the cost to eliminate it for one-, two-, or three-family homes would be $2.9 million annually. The bulk of the cost would be hiring a sufficient number of qualified inspectors—boots on the ground—to review every plan.
I say this would be money well spent and that we should focus our attention on incrementally eliminating this program in three years with clear benchmarks. It is incumbent that the Council and the Administration set the wheels in motion prior to the end of our respective terms in less than 500 days.