City workers let junkies ransack house
By ALEX GINSBERG, NY Post
Bumbling city Buildings Department workers marked the wrong Brooklyn house for demolition, ordering the lock snapped and allowing thieves free rein, a lawsuit alleges.
"They left the premises unsecured, for all the druggies and homeless to just walk in and help themselves, and they did," fumed Martin Senzer, 66, who lived in the house at 3044 Brighton 1st St.
Senzer's nightmare began in January 2008, when the house immediately next door to his, No. 3048, went up in flames. The city decided it had to come down.
"The inspector . . . who is either legally blind or an imbecile, put my address down," said Senzer.
Frantic calls to the city from Florida, where Senzer lives half the year, got the problem fixed, but not before National Grid and a plumber clipped the lock to get in and shut off the gas and water -- standard procedure before a demolition.
By the time Senzer made it up to Brooklyn, he found his family silver and his rare-coin collection -- maintained since he was a boy -- gone.
"The house was so badly tossed," he said. "It was ransacked. Mattresses were standing up off the bed. It was a horror. I cried tears when I came."
The Buildings Department referred questions to the city Law Department, which declined to comment.