Queens Borough President Katz, State Senator Avella, NYC Mayor DeBlasio, Assemblywoman Rozic, Councilman Weprin and Assembyman Braunstein:
The Bayside Hills Civic Association is greatly disturbed to find out, via the Brooklyn Daily newspaper, that last summer building inspectors had been shifted from Queens to Brooklyn. It is no wonder that the real estate stock in the Borough of Queens is a mess and there is a proliferation of illegal and hazardous construction, renovations, and conversions of properties.
While people in Queens who want to follow the standards of the building code wait an inordinate amount of time for permits and inspections, the unscrupulous plow ahead with illegal and unsafe construction, renovations, and conversions.
The Bayside Hills Civic Association and the other civics that make up the Queens Civic Congress have repeatedly made it known to each of you and your staff that we desire quick and strict enforcement of the New York City building code. With this in mind I ask of you; “How could you let this happen on your watch?” and “What are you going to do to ensure that the Department of Buildings in the Borough of Queens is adequately staffed and that the Building Code is strictly enforced here?”
Your prompt attention to this situation is greatly appreciated.