Lentol seeks immediate halt to evictions in wake of bribery scandal
The shocking scandal that has shaken the New York City Department of Buildings – a scandal that includes allegations that inspectors took bribes to evict tenants under false pretenses – should cause the agency to take a step back, according to one Brooklyn lawmaker.
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) has written to Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler requesting an immediate halt and a top-down reevaluation of all building evictions in the city.
“As the Department of Buildings begins to restore its image, I believe any decision to vacate a building should be reexamined,” Lentol wrote in his Feb. 11 letter to Chandler.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that more than a dozen building inspectors were charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Among other things, the inspectors allegedly cleaned up complaints, canceled stop-work orders, expedited building inspections and sought to evict tenants from apartment houses under false pretenses in exchange for the bribes.