Friday, June 10, 2011
$421 million in outstanding DOB fines
From Eyewitness News:
It was one of the worst construction accidents in the city's history: a crane collapsed killing 7 people. The Building's Department hit the general contractor, Reliance Construction, with $65,000 in fines. That was three years ago, and those fines are still unpaid.
A year ago, a worker fell to his death at the construction site in Brooklyn. The city hit Express Builders with 10 safety violations and $127,000 in fines.
A year later, Building Department records show the fines are still unpaid. The builder refused to meet with Eyewitness News but said he's dealing with the fines.
But many of the records show the fines are still owed and the city continues to grant the builder new permits to do more work.
Two and a-half years ago, an audit by the city comptroller recommended that the city deny new permits to builders with outstanding fines. After all, the city is unforgiving when it comes to illegal parking, as it makes millions towing cars.
The Finance Department says it's taking several steps to increase collection but there is $421 million in outstanding Building Department fines.
Wasn't I just blogging about this last week?