Law Proposed for Tougher Housing Laws

New York State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski proposed a law that would make it a felony charge to illegally renovate a building into subdivided apartments or schools. Many advocates for tougher housing laws support the motion, stating that changing the internal structure of buildings without obtaining the proper permits puts emergency service officers in danger when responding to calls. According to the chairman of the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force, John Kryger, conditions have not improved for firefighters over the years, many times volunteers still find themselves faced with walls and rooms not on the original building plans, potentially trapping them within smoke filled structures. Kryger also stated that officials’ current actions of filing violations with state officials and inspectors are not working, and there likely won’t be a change until the owners receive jail time.

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