The Buildings Department says it is finally cracking down on the unscrupulous engineers, architects and contractors who have ignored the law and damaged neighborhoods during New York's building boom.
Buildings Dept. vows crackdown on unscrupulous builders
With a $6 million funding boost and 48 new employees, the department has used lawyers, investigators and inspectors to scrutinize operators and build cases against the worst offenders - hoping to put 50 of them out of business.
"What we're trying to do is identify the worst actors, and now we're focusing scrutiny on them," Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster told the Daily News. "We're changing from a reactive model to a proactive one, because this has to stop."
She said the department also is cracking down on architects and engineers who build illegal eyesores by abusing their right to certify their own plans.
When the Buildings Department audited 155 of those plans, it found problems with 80% of them.