From the Daily News:
Hundreds of landlords caught permitting unsafe or illegal conditions on their properties were allowed to skip out on millions of dollars in fines, a scathing new audit claims.
The audit by city Controller William Thompson found more than 75,000 unpaid building and zoning code fines totaling roughly $202 million as of last October, including some that had been outstanding for nearly a decade.
"The city is not holding individuals and businesses liable," Thompson said in a statement. "If someone does not pay a fine and experiences no collection efforts, there is nothing to prevent ... future violations."
Thompson noted that the upper East Side construction site where a crane collapsed last March 15, killing seven people, had 21 unpaid fines even two months after the accident.