New York’s Buildings Department is going around kicking Hurricane Sandy victims while they’re down.
Dozens of homeowners in storm-thrashed parts of the city have been slapped with violations threatening criminal prosecution if they don’t get their properties fixed up, sources said yesterday.
The violations — many in Breezy Point, where Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc and left thousands without power or heat — shocked homeowners who are still trying to figure out how to get their homes and lives back on track.
“This is absolutely disgraceful!” fumed state Sen. Tony Avella, who receive multiple calls about the issue from his constituents in Queens.“For the city to be going around issuing these notices and violations while people still have trees on their houses — most people are just in shock.”
Buildings spokesman Tony Sclafani said the violations don’t carry monetary penalties and are being used by the city to keep track of storm damage.
“These violations are issued by the department as a way to record the conditions at the location,” he explained.
Right. So there’s no other way under the sun to keep track of the damage, except by treating citizens as criminals?
Well, New Yorkers, this is the kind of government you keep voting for.