From the Daily News:
The City Department of Investigation has started filing criminal charges against building owners who ignore citations for dangerous code violations, including illegal firetraps.
Starting this month, DOI teamed up with the Buildings Department - which has no authority to make arrests - to pursue deadbeat landlords who blow off code enforcers.
The new approach followed a Daily News series on city firetraps and landlords cited for unsafe conditions who have ignore summons for years.
In the last month, 110 owners have been charged in criminal court with failing to appear after being cited by the Buildings or Fire departments for a litany of safety problems.
That includes two Queens apartment buildings turned into illegal SROs whose owners repeatedly failed to answer court summons.