2002-06-29 / Letters

Business of ‘Lies for Money’

Business of Lies for Money'

Dear Editor;

I would like to thank Lew Simon for reaching into the matter of the Neponsit Healthcare Institution. This is a perfect example of how the N.Y.C. Department of Buildings is so careless when it comes to investigating unsound construction. I studied architecture and building construction for two years in high school along with the laws and codes that department is supposed to enforce.

I've put complaints regarding several brick buildings here in Rockaway, yet the D.O.B. has done nothing. This makes me wonder, "where do the permit fees and tax dollars go?" I believe inspectors should monitor the effects of salt air in all masonry and decide on issuing summonses for repair. Do they? No. Cracks in walls can threaten buildings, more importantly such conditions threaten human lives!

I love hearing how D.O.B. building inspectors threaten lives by falsifying reports in exchange for U.S. currency. The hazardous conditions remain unattended to and could result in serious injury or death. No amount of U.S. currency can bring a person back from death! This means that N.Y.C. employees are paid to accept bribes that put men, women and children at risk! We should not have to tolerate that if that's where our tax dollars are going! Mr. Simon has a strong point and should get the ball rolling on exposing the truth about the Department of Buildings. To file a complaint with the Department falls on deaf ears.

I'd like to see some protesting on this matter outside 60 Hudson Street. I think Mayor Bloomberg should focus his business skills into downsizing these thieves, these liars, these hypocrites and investigate before more lives are lost. The N.Y.C. D.O.B. is a law enforcement agency related to building construction and demolition. Therefore I feel some law enforcement should apply to jailing building inspectors deep in the business of "lies for money."

I'm sick and tired of the Buildings Department turning a blind eye to people's lives. I don't know why some try to keep things like this a secret. I feel all residents of this city deserve to know which buildings are solidly constructed and which should be either razed or repaired. We know that our tax dollars build schools, arrest criminals, fight fires and fight wars. Yet do tax dollars investigate buildings? Someone should let the cat out of the bag, that will answer the question.

How much should we trust the Department of Buildings? With people's lives?

I sure don't!

ANDREW HASSON


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