From the Queens Chronicle:
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and homeowner association leaders joined forces in front of his Bell Boulevard office on Friday to promote a new piece of legislation that would help keep the character of Queens’ neighborhoods from diminishing.
Avella is introducing legislation in Albany that would require homeowners whose properties are restricted by covenants to register their homes with the Department of Buildings, which in turn would have to review deed registries prior to issuing building permits.
As some communities in Flushing and Douglaston were being built, city planners and homeowners had a certain idea for how they should look. Covenants are a way of ensuring future developers do not change that vision.
In past years, these restrictions have not been followed and local groups have fought back.
“Why should these homeowner groups be doing the job of the city?” Avella asked. “They’re doing the city’s work.”
Civic leaders praised Avella for his participation, and echoed his concerns.