Friday, February 18, 2011

Illegal conversion kills immigrant

From the NY Post:

A fire in an illegally subdivided Brooklyn apartment killed an NYPD traffic agent yesterday, authorities said.

Firefighters found the body of Mohammed Miha, 40, on the hallway stairs in the two-story house on Drew Street near Pitkin Avenue in East New York.

The cause of death was likely smoke inhalation or burns, FDNY Battalion Chief John Johnson said.

Miha, a Bangladeshi immigrant who joined the force last year after working as a cabby, had no family in the United States but was engaged to a woman in Canada, according to his friend Kazal Mahmood.


STATEMENT FROM BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ON TODAY’S FATAL FIRE IN BROOKLYN INVOLVING AN ILLEGALLY CONVERTED CELLAR APARTMENT

“Today’s fatal fire at 568 Drew St. in Brooklyn serves as a tragic reminder to all New Yorkers that illegal conversions can have horrific consequences. Our inspectors have determined the cellar of this two-story building was illegally converted into an apartment, and it appears the lack of a second means of egress prevented the resident from escaping during the fire. This tragedy could have been prevented, which is why we continue to educate New Yorkers about the signs and dangers of living in these illegal dwellings. On behalf of the Department of Buildings, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also heard that the fire in Newark yesterday was in an illegal dwelling. Looks like the DOB just sits on their asses in every state letting people die. Also looks like greedy landlords don't give a crap in any state as long as they can keep collecting rents.

Anonymous said...

Thank Mayor Bloomberg. He has chosen not to staff the DOB appropriately. He turns a blind eye to the illegal conversions and the consequences they cause on our neighborhoods.

Snake Plissskin said...

Thank city council who bought into the mayor's

lets add a million people

lets build on brownfields

lets build on floodplains

lets forget about infrastructure

lets starve the city and take taxes to build

lets discourage owner occupied houseing

lets encourage absentee landlords

and yes, for Gods sake turn a blind eye to illegal conversions.

This city is a mess.

Anonymous said...

Hey, so much for the vaunted 'smart' New Yorker. Their representatives do everything to bulldoze and displace them, steal their taxes and give services to developers and tweeded and the damn fools send them back to office with 75% of the vote.

Anonymous said...

is not rino/liberal democrat dictatorship grand ?

at least n.y.c.citizens do not have to worry about democrat city council members busing to another state to avoid voting on a budget bill. see Wisconsin?

democrats out number the g.o.p ,48 to 4 . and will continue this trend because n.y.c. citizens do not want a "CHECKS AND BALANCE " government.

Anonymous said...

Look, there's a job opening! will it go to an American citizen?

Emir said...

Snake Plissskin said it well!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 5:

Type this in English so we can understand what you're saying, please?

Anonymous said...

"democrats out number the g.o.p ,48 to 4 . and will continue this trend because n.y.c. citizens do not want a "CHECKS AND BALANCE " government."

Let's try to make some sense out of your senile ranting here, In NYC Dems outnumber repubs largely because we are a generally educated, Liberal populous.

Thanks to gerrymandering and ignorance the gop has had a long run of power in upstate....you can plainly see where that has gotten the average citizen up there..

Bluntly: ANY working person who votes for republicans, especially arch conservative republicans, is a fool voting against their own interests.

Thankfully New York City residents are a little beyond that.

Now, back to your Kate Smith records.

Anonymous said...

I digress. We are a liberal Democratic population because we give the best handouts in the country and bottom feeders flock here.

Anonymous said...

"we are a generally educated, Liberal populous."

About 74% of first-time freshmen who graduated from city schools and are attending CUNY's community colleges needed remedial classes this year after exams deemed them unprepared for college-level work.

Anonymous said...

Condolences won't help the victims family, now. Suing the City, the landlord will as both are implicit in ignoring or enforcing the law.

Deke DaSilva said...

About 74% of first-time freshmen who graduated from city schools and are attending CUNY's community colleges needed remedial classes this year after exams deemed them unprepared for college-level work.

If at first you don't succeed, keep failing, failing, and failing!!!

Hell Gate Kid said...

ha ha ha

This site is so edgicashional.

Anonymous said...

re:"
if at first you don't succeed,keep failing,failing ,failing."

that is the definition of SOCIALISM/PROGRESSIVISM.

the advocates are sick and getting sicker.

Anonymous said...

I keep hoping that this city will turn a corner and get back to some sort of REALITY.

One can dream...

Anonymous said...

We need a new Mayor and city council. Use your power on election day. Vote for someone who cares about these issues of overdevelpment and illegal conversions. This Mayor has advocated for them. Can't wait until his illegal third term is over before he does some more damage.
Keep a watchful eye on his traffic (congestion pricing) plight.
RESIGN BLOOMBERG.....PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

DOB doesn't sit on their asses--they stick out their hands and collect their bribes.

Joseph said...

Anon no. 15:

Once again, the person who complains about being demonized is demonizing.

That's your definition.

My definition of RepubCons like you is this: "Ignorance is Bliss."

Anonymous said...

The most dangerous conversions are by absentee landlords.