http://www.nysun.com/article/42575/Throw the bums in jail, I say!
Agree, disagree? Have a bitch with the DOB? Want to make suggestions on its reform? Or is it AOK as is?Make your voice heard at the next, Part II, DOB hearing by AM Brennan's Committee on Cities DOB hearing.
I'll be there with bells on...
(this is a long post, sorry, but I wanted to get in all the essentials from their PR)
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CITIES
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CODES
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
NOTICE OF RECONVENING OF ADJOURNED PUBLIC HEARING
The above referenced Assembly Standing Committees began a public hearing on Thursday, September 7, 2006, with respect to the Subject and for the Purpose set out below. Such hearing was adjourned to the call of the Chairs of such Committees.
Such public hearing will reconvene on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York SUBJECT: The Effectiveness of the Regulation of Construction and Development in New York City and the Enforcement of the Building Code and Compliance with the Zoning Resolution
PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to explore the powers, duties, obligations, and accountability of New York Cityâ€™s regulatory system for construction, development, and zoning enforcement. New York City
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Assembly Hearing Room
250 Broadway, Room 1923
There has long been public concern about the effectiveness of New York Cityâ€™s regulatory system for assuring construction and building safety and for preserving the integrity of the Building Code and the Zoning Resolution.
Low interest rates have created a construction boom in New York City in the past few years, and development pressures have never been greater. Construction accidents and building collapses are reported regularly, and local communities express frustration with developers and contractors who flout building and zoning rules.Å¡ The practice of self-certification of building plans by architects and engineers without a DOB plan examinerâ€™s approval has led to abuses of the Building Code and Zoning Resolution that may go unchallenged.Å¡ While the New York City Department of Buildings has been attempting to strengthen its performance through the new 311 system, its BIS website, physical layout improvements to its offices and emphasis on staff integrity, questions remain about the Cityâ€™s capacity to enforce its building and zoning laws.
In 2001, a Task Force appointed by former Mayor Giuliani recommended major overhaul of the enforcement system of the New York City Department of Buildings, the primary City agency responsible for construction, building, and zoning enforcement. More recently, the New York City Construction Industry Partnership and the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute have documented the existence of a â€œscofflawâ€ construction industry operating in parallel with law-abiding construction and development firms. In addition, the New York City Council has been holding hearings about the effectiveness of the Department of Buildings and related enforcement agencies.Å¡Å¡
The health and safety of the public in New York City is a matter of State concern.Å¡ Notwithstanding some improvements in the performance of the Department of Buildings, there remains intense public concern about construction and zoning-related law enforcement as development pressures in the City continue to surge.Å¡ This public hearing will explore the powers, duties, obligations, and accountability of New York Cityâ€™s regulatory system for construction, development, and zoning enforcement.
Please see the reverse side for a list of subjects to which witnesses may direct their testimony.
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committee at the above hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible.Å¡ It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes' duration.Å¡ In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances.Å¡ These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.Å¡ In the absence of a request, witnesses will be scheduled in the order in which reply forms are postmarked.
Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk.Å¡ Two copies of the prepared testimony should be sent to the committees a week in advance of the hearings.
In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of the Committee's interest in hearing testimony from all sources.
In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities.Å¡ For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.