From the Daily News:
Queens has become fertile ground for city inspectors looking to rack up violations against local businesses, according to a new report by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Inspections by the Department of Consumer Affairs in Queens more than doubled from 2010 to 2012, de Blasio said.
“They turned these businesses into their own ATM,” de Blasio said at a Monday news conference in Richmond Hill.
Business owners in the borough have recently complained about receiving hundreds of dollars in fines for missing pricetags, failing to post return policies and other minor violations.
De Blasio said his office sued the city to get the statistics. He said inspections by Consumer Affairs have increased more than 40% across the city from 46,635 in fiscal year 2009 to 77,481 in fiscal year 2012.
The spike in violations handed out citywide by the Health Department was even greater, de Blasio said, from 179,677 in fiscal year 2009 to 311,465 in fiscal year 2012.
Seven of the 10 neighborhoods issued the highest number of Health Department violations are in Queens, figures show.
And Queens businesses receive 22% more fines from Consumer Affairs inspectors than those in Manhattan.