From the Queens Gazette:
State Senator Frank Padavan has complained often and forcefully to Department of Buildings officials that numerous homes in the Jamaica Estates area are illegally housing St. John’s University students and endangering the community and students alike, but no official action has been taken to remedy the situation.
Last week, he pleaded in a letter to Queens DOB Commissioner Ira Gluckman:
“Your office must take action not only to protect the community, but also to protect the young students who are residing in conditions that may be hazardous. Many are living in basement or attic rooms, or in unsafe and improperly constructed illegal additions, without proper ventilation and/or exits in the event of fire or some other emergency.”
Padavan asked Gluckman to review department procedures “and provide us with a plan which will provide the community and ALL the residents proper housing, proper protection from abuses and dangerous conditions, and give us all a good, peaceful and safe quality of life”.
Copies of the October 26 letter also went to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Helen Marshall, citywide DOB Commissioner Robert Li Mandri, Community Board 8 and several local civic associations.
As of yesterday, Gluckman had not responded in any way to Padavan, so the lawmaker said his next move would be to go directly to Mayor Bloomberg.