Mary MuellerNov 20, 2017, 3:16 pmNov 21, 2017, 12:03 pm

Lawmakers seek signature from Gov. Cuomo to regulate code enforcement officers

Ramapo's former fire inspector conducted lax inspections at 4 private schools


NEW CITY — State Lawmakers are urging the Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass a bill to take negligent code enforcement officers off the job.

Ramapo and Spring Valley have become ground zero for fire and building code violations at homes and schools.

The bill would hold fire and building inspectors accountable by allowing the secretary of state to strip them of their certificates if they don't properly enforce code violations.

Under the current law, code enforcement officers can only lose their certificate if they fail to complete training.

The bill comes after Ramapo's former Fire Inspector Adam Peltz admitted to lax inspections at four private schools. Peltz remains on the town's payroll, even after a 30-day suspension and demotion last year.

Currently, state monitors are investigating and oversee both Ramapo and Spring Valley's building departments.

If Gov. Cuomo signs the bill, it will take around 90 days to be implemented.

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