A Staten Island developer received two citations from the Department of Buildings regarding issues with three houses being built in the Dongan Hills neighborhood of Staten Island after a tipster alerted the city agency to the potential violations. It turns out that the tattletale was none other than City Council Member James Oddo (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) of “Get the f**k out of my office” fame.
When driving by the houses on his way to the gym, Oddo noticed the steep angle of the driveways being built and decided to alert the DOB to send an inspector. The inspection found that the driveways were indeed too steep at two of the houses, as well as improperly constructed drainage features, curb cuts, and the use of the lower levels as basements instead of cellars. The developer will be fined for the violations. Oddo commented, “With that slope, your rearview mirrors are useless…You wouldn’t be able to see if there are any pedestrians as you’re backing out.”
Whether or not you are a City Council member, you can always call 311 to report suspicious building conditions and hopefully get the DOB to send an inspector.