Thursday, September 16, 2010
DOB harasses wrong home owners
From the Queens Courier:
Homeowners Joseph and Gloria Campisi got multiple violations, and even an order to appear in court, though they had done nothing wrong.
The Howard Beach couple, he a deacon at St. Virgilius, had received many summonses from the Department of Buildings (DOB) – in error – and phone call after phone call yielded no results – until The Courier got involved.
Their home is the second from the corner, and has a visible address. But the house next door – which neighbors claim has been a nightmare since the day construction began five years ago – has no discernible address, and so the Campisis were receiving their neighbor’s violations.
“There are rats, raccoons, a lack of drainage,” said the couple. “This house has been a thorn in our side for five years.”
Ironically, say the couple, they had been calling to complain to 3-1-1 and the Department of Environmental Protection about just such conditions for years.
[Gloria] tried calling 3-1-1, the DOB and others.
“We were told, ‘We don’t have an address for them, so we give it to you,’” said Gloria.
A spokesperson for the DOB said that the violation was “issued in error and will be dismissed.”