It is time for Governor Cuomo to sign into law my Code Enforcement Integrity bill authorizing the removal of local code enforcement officer’s credentials for misconduct. This legislation, which I partnered with Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski to pass, is critical to protecting the public safety in our community.
All too often, we hear the same story: A local code enforcement official chooses to look the other way when confronted with serious violations. The reasons may vary, running the gamut from negligence to corruption. The result, nonetheless, is the same. Dangerous conditions for our children and families. This is simply unacceptable. To make matters worse, serious code violations are on the rise across the state of New York, and in the Hudson Valley in particular.
My bill, S. 1642, would mark a major stride toward combating this imminent danger. This bill would allow the New York State Department of State to revoke a code enforcement officer’s certification when such misconduct occurs. This bill has passed both the Assembly and the Senate. I now urge Governor Cuomo to stand up for our localities and the people of the Hudson Valley by signing this critical legislation into law.
We as state government cannot stand idly by while our towns and villages suffer. It is incumbent on New York State to root out unsafe code enforcement practices wherever they occur. I will continue to fight for the enactment of this critical legislation and keep fighting every day for safe and reliable code enforcement.
Senator David Carlucci
38th Senate District
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