“New York state officials have ordered the village to immediately begin inspecting buildings and schools that are rife with fire and safety violations â€” or face a potential takeover. The Division of Building Standards and Codes Oct. 6 order follows an agency investigation of the village’s Building Department and months of consultations with village officials about uninspected buildings that potentially endanger students, tenants, and first-responders. The state gave the village 30 days from Oct 6 to make the changes or face state action. The overall inadequacy of the housing inspections â€” as well as problems with slum housing and absentee landlords â€” led County Executive Ed Day to order the Rockland County Department of Health to use the county’s sanitary code to inspect housing across the county. The county also is collecting housing complaints and publicizing landlords with violations through the Rockland Codes Initiative. Task force chairman John Kryger said Wednesday that the state has not acted fast enough on Spring Valley.” Kryger said he and the task force’s vice chairs believe the state is just postponing an inevitable takeover of fire, building and code enforcement duties in Spring Valley and, potentially, Ramapo. Read the complete Journal News story here.
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