2004-07-09 / Community

Addabbo: It’s A Crime To Use City To Harass Others

Addabbo: It’s A Crime To Use City To Harass Others

In response to the growing occurrence of false complaints to the Department of Buildings that have no other purpose than the harassment of a property owner, Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. has introduced legislation in the council that would make it a misdemeanor for any person to knowingly make a false statement in such a complaint. Additionally, Addabbo’s bill would amend the administrative code to make it a misdemeanor to intentionally use city agencies and personnel to harass another person or entity.

This bill amends the law to add that any person who knowingly makes a false statement in a complaint regarding a violation will be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction be subject to a fine of between one thousand dollars and five thousand dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or both. "There have been a growing number of my constituents who have had unnecessary visits from city inspectors soon after an argument or disagreement with their neighbors." Addabbo stated. "City inspectors should not be used for harassment or retaliation purposes. We want the limited number of inspectors to properly spend their time investigating properties with possible violations."

The legislation also adds a new section to the law which provides that any person who knowingly causes or attempts to cause the harassment of another person or entity through the use of a city agency, personnel or service shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction be subject to a fine of up to one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment note to exceed six months, or both.


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