From SI Live:
So I proceeded to eject Constructamax contractors from my property these last 6 months, it was great fun too. I collected a stack of "Sorry we missed you" door tags, I’m considering papering a wall with them; it is amazing the amount of paper our department of "environmental protectors" have wasted. I also got a call from the DEP, so I asked them what law gave them the right to install a transmitter in my home. They didn’t have an answer, because there IS NO LAW that I am aware of that requires homeowners to acquiesce to this upgrade.
Maybe I’m the only holdout, maybe there are more of us, whatever the reason – our hard working civil servants have figured out a way to deal with it. Thuggery and bullying, using the weapon of choice of the Bloom-thug administration … the FINE. Ooooo, I should have seen it coming. I get a letter from NYC Environmental Protection, scary, sounds almost like some Federal witness protection program, intimidating to a 5-year-old, maybe. Titled in big capital letters "AMR CONTRACTOR ACCESS REQUIRED". Followed by (more capital letters and underlined) "ACCESS REQUIRED TO PROPERTY:" and my account/BBL/address.
The letter goes on about how Contructamax was unable to gain access to my property, no kidding, to install an automated meter reading (AMR) device "and/or replace the meter(s)". Ah, a little clever wording. The work is at no cost to me, it says, ha ha, I say. And then the thugs pull out their weapon of choice:
"The installation must be within the next 30 days to avoid possible Denial of Access procedures which may include fees and penalties". The fee and penalty, aka the FINE. Classic Bloomberg, three terms and counting (with $18 Billion in pocket, can we say FOURTH TERM?). I never denied the DEP access to "read" or "repair" the water meter. No, my denial is to the quasi-legal radio transmitter they are adamantly trying to wire to my toilet.
There is no law that allows them to force the AMR upgrade, but they are allowed to "gain access as a condition of providing water and sewer service", including reading and replacing water meters. So by bundling their radio toys with a water meter "replacement", they can force homeowners to unlock the door, even if there is nothing wrong with the existing water meter.