From the Queens Ledger:
The Department of Buildings is preparing to crack down on developers with a history of violations like Tommy Huang, whose Elmhurst construction site was the scene of a worker's death last week.
Department of Buildings (DOB) spokesperson Tony Sclafani said the city was investigating the Elmhurst accident. “Our inspectors and engineers are continuing to work with law enforcement agencies in the ongoing investigation,” he said.
State Senator Tony Avella demanded the city address the problem.
“Mr. Huang is a poster child for developers who engage in unscrupulous building practices on a repeated basis,” Avella said. “It is time that the city steps to the plate and institutes the regulations necessary to refuse the issuing of buildings permits to developers” with shoddy building records.
Sclafani said DOB is doing just that.
Currently, the city cannot deny a building permit based on a developer's previous history of violations. But under Local Law 8, passed in February of 2009, DOB is drafting a set of criteria that could be used to revoke a developer's registration number on the basis of past violations.
The City Council must approve the criteria, which would judge a developer's track record for safety before issuing new permits. Sclafani said DOB would present it to the council “later this year.”