From the Daily News:
A Queens lawmaker called on Thursday for the city buildings commissioner to step down, charging he has done little to clip the wings of notorious developer Tommy Huang.
State Sen. Tony Avella rallied with local leaders in Elmhurst at a construction site for one of Huang’s projects where a worker died last year when a wall collapsed.
The city has done little since then to curb Huang, they said, and called for
Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri to shape up or ship out.
“This is the perfect example of how the city has failed,” said Avella. “Here we have a notorious, unscrupulous developer who continues to develop illegally, create violations and cause damage to neighboring properties.”
Avella (D-Bayside) called on LiMandri to take action and adopt a policy similar to that of the state, which has barred Huang from selling condos and co-ops. Huang is still allowed to pursue other kinds of developments.
“If you can’t solve this issue, maybe you should step down and let someone else do it,” Avella said of LiMandri.
“In 30 years, not one project he’s undertaken has had a successful outcome,” said urban planner Paul Graziano.
Graziano suggested that Huang’s ties with City Controller John Liu could partially explain the city’s inaction. Alice Liu, Huang’s wife, is John Liu’s cousin.