“Just before noon on a recent weekday, Clarkstown Deputy Town Attorney Leslie Kahn and code enforcement officer Raymond Francis walked down the driveway of a single-family Colonial in a quiet cul-de-sac in north New City.
The pair was there to find out whether the owner, who didn’t live there, had complied with a court order to get rid of a pair of illegal basement apartments.
No one was home and they couldn’t get inside, but Kahn and Francis looked through the uncovered windows to see that it appeared that at least one of the tenants had moved out. There would be a follow-up visit on the pending case.
Cases like this, which started after an anonymous call from a neighbor, are Kahn’s specialty as head of a code enforcement unit started by Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann.
Kahn was hired in May to the $110,000 position to take charge of three full-time code enforcement officers in pursuing everything from slumlords, to abandoned “zombie” houses, to illegal parking and quality-of-life complaints that come in via email, phone calls or a 3-1-1 portal on the town’s website.”
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