From the Daily News:
A city agency is running rogue in Queens, a newly elected lawmaker is charging.
The Buildings Department filed paperwork asserting its inspectors tried to get access to more than 500 homes in College Point and Flushing to check for illegal conversions in a two-month span - including Councilman-elect Dan Halloran's residence.
Halloran, who just won a seat in the 19th Council District, said records show an inspector twice tried to access his Flushing home.
But he said he never got an "LS-4 No Access" notice - posted when inspectors fail to gain entry twice - suggesting no one ever came. His own case raises troubling questions, he said, about how many of the other inspections were actually conducted.
But a Buildings Department official denied the allegation.
"Our records indicate that we responded to every one of the 538 illegal-conversion complaints within Community Board 7 in October and November," said spokesman Tony Sclafani, adding that forms were posted and mailed to each address after the failed attempts.
The spike in attempted inspections is part of the agency's effort to rake in more revenue, Halloran charged, noting that some of the structures that allegedly had illegally converted apartments were demolished years ago.
One College Point address that had an attempted inspection almost three months ago had been condemned in 2006, Halloran said, citing agency records.
"They're looking to push their numbers up," he said. "This is disgraceful."
Halloran said he plans to call for a probe of the agency by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and the city Department of Investigation.
"I would love to have more people in the Buildings Department doing inspections," Halloran said. "Real ones - ones that actually take place."