Thursday, February 11, 2016

DOB transparency bill passed

Laurie Cumbo
From The Real Deal:

A new law requires the Department of Buildings to give city officials a heads up when a new building is proposed for a neighborhood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law Monday ensuring that the department alert the City Council and Community Boards via email on a weekly basis after an application for a new building or for an alteration requiring a new certificate of occupancy for a building is filed. The bill also requires the department to email notices of rejected applications and also post all this information on its website every week.

Council member Laurie Cumbo, who co-sponsored the bill with Council member Fernando Cabrera, said that the law will increase transparency — a boon to neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn where new projects sprout up on a daily basis.


Anonymous said...

This is already available through BIS' "My Community" portal - so this is yest another staged show demonstrating dedication to transparency. The only "real" thing here is the press conference.

Anonymous said...

"a boon to neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn where new projects sprout up on a daily basis"

Or to the ENTIRE borough of Queens.

Anonymous said...

Definition of Transparency: Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in other social contexts, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It has been defined simply as "the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender".[1] Transparency is practiced in companies, organizations, administrations, and communities.[2] It guides an organization's decisions and policies on the disclosure of information to its employees and the public, or simply the intended recipient of the information.[1]

Accountability? There is none. The only way to hold the City of New York and the DOB accountable is to file a "Special Negligence Suit and/or a Class Action against them.

JQ LLC said...

Whoopdeeshit. A law that states what should have been practiced in the first place. A law instituted for something that our representatives should have already been accounted for.

Now that it's somewhat official, although it should have been ingrained in our officials and the departments they are suppose to be accounted for and now that the drawers of this bill are done feeling satisfied with themselves, we will see if the proper actions are taken. Like bigger fines and suspensions, and if possible, indictments and bans.

It's a shame someone had to get crushed to death for transparency to become transparent. If only they took decisive action when the cost of living has become abhorrently impossible for the citizens of this city and state.

Jerry Rotondi said...

So long as REBNY feeds $$$$$$$$$ to political campaigns.....
There is always a way to hide shoddy performance or illegal activity.