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Ramapo, NY - Local Task Force Seeks State Intervention In Ramapo Fire Code Violations

Published on: June 4, 2013 11:25 AM
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Ramapo, NY - Citing a pattern of “neglect” by town officials to fire code violations, the head of the Rockland County Illegal Housing Task Force has reached out to the state, asking that state officials intervene in forcing the town to enforce safety codes.

LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/17WULYl) reports that, in a June 1st letter to Ronald Piester, state director of the Division of Code Enforcement and Amdinistration, task force chairman John Kryger called neglected Ramapo properties “weapons of mass destruction,” and said that Ramapo’s volunteer firefighters are no longer “willing” to “wait” until tragedy happens.

In his letter, Kryger cited a pattern of neglect by town officials in which violations have been routinely ignored, and resulting court cases repeatedly postponed.

Gordon Wren Jr., former task force chairman and now County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator, said there is precedent for state officials intervening, citing the 2007 case of the village of New Square where the state assigned a code engineer to work with the village after local firefighters issued a similar request.

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Anthony Mallia, Ramapo’s chief building inspector, called the accusations “unfounded.”


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 Jun 04, 2013 at 11:46 AM Um...yeah Says:

Ok mr. malilla, if the complaint is infounded then you will have no problem with NYS fire authorities checking out the allegations.
thank goodness, that was simple.

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 05:05 PM tired Says:

Reply to #1  
Um...yeah Says:

Ok mr. malilla, if the complaint is infounded then you will have no problem with NYS fire authorities checking out the allegations.
thank goodness, that was simple.

did you have any help or you did it all by yourself?you must have only love in your lets call it heart

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 02:02 AM Um...yeah.. Says:

Reply to #2  
tired Says:

did you have any help or you did it all by yourself?you must have only love in your lets call it heart

I understand that you wanted to insult me.
Was there a an actual point to your comment?

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 Jun 16, 2013 at 04:31 AM Building_Inspector_Tony Says:

Reply to #1  
Um...yeah Says:

Ok mr. malilla, if the complaint is infounded then you will have no problem with NYS fire authorities checking out the allegations.
thank goodness, that was simple.

No problem at all... We work closely with the State and they are welcome to look into any allegations. My Department responds to all complaints swiftly and consistent with all State and local laws. I respect Gordon Wren for his efforts and dedication, but misinformation sells newspapers. It isn't easy dealing with one or two members of his Task Force who may target a specific group to make themselves "appear" righteous and fulfill their own personal agenda. Mr. Wren however, has always been a gentleman to me and my exceptional staff of Code Enforcement Officers and Fire Inspectors. God bless him and the Firefighters who protect us all...

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