From the Daily News:
Queens civic leaders and homeowners are furious with city officials for allowing inspectors to slap them with violations just days after Superstorm Sandy sent trees crashing into their homes.
Now they are asking the Buildings Department to remove those violations from their property records and come up with a new way of contacting them in the wake of storms.
The West Cunningham Park Civic Association contacted state Sen. Tony Avella and City Councilman Mark Weprin in an effort to get the city to listen to homeowners’ pleas.
“This is one more example of the insensitivity sometimes of the city,” said Avella (D-Bayside). “They really need to retract these violations.”
The Queens Civic Congress fired off a letter to Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri asking him to change the system.
They want the agency to send letters to each person who received a violation to document it was storm-related.
Buildings Department officials did not respond to that request and urged homeowners with questions to call 311.