Saturday, October 9, 2010
False 311 complaints rampant in Flushing
From the Queens Chronicle:
Flushing has been flooded by more than rain recently. It’s been awash with anonymous 311 complaints against homeowners leading tempers to nearly boil over at a meeting Thursday of the Kissena Park Civic Association.
The Department of Buildings has been inundated with thousands of accusations that one-family homes in the area have been illegally converted into apartments, often called in by persons who don’t give their names.
What is curious about the upsurge is that the complaints were made one after another, address by address, block by block, triggering repeated visits by building inspectors.
Dozens of homeowners braved gale- force wind gusts to attend the meeting at St. Mary’s Nativity Church. They faced a panel including Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman and Chairman Eugene Kelty, elected officials and DOB spokesperson Anthony Illiano, demanding answers.
KCPA Zoning Chairman Joe Amoroso outlined the wellspring of their outrage. “Block after block, lots one through eight had complaints filed within two or three minutes,” Amoroso said.