Violations Found in Sandy-Damaged Homes Repaired Through City Program

By Marc Santia
|  Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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On Staten Island, thieves stole brand-new copper pipes as they were being installed into a Sandy-damaged home that was under repair. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

On Staten Island, thieves stole brand-new copper pipes as they were being installed into a Sandy-damaged home that was under repair. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Some of the work done to repair Sandy-damaged Staten Island homes through a city-sponsored program has been found to be faulty, and homeowners say they have been cited with violations.

NYC Rapid Repairs is a free program used by the city to help with emergency repairs on properties affected by Sandy.

Audrey Jill Sherry, whose Ocean Breeze home was damaged in the storm, said she was overjoyed when representatives from Rapid Repairs said they would fix her electricity, hot water and heat. 

But after the work was done, an inspector checked the repairs and found about 15 violations, according to Sherry.

The state of the house has Sherry living in fear because the inspector said the wires Rapid Repairs left exposed were "very dangerous."

The city's Buildings Department website does not list any violations for the home; Sherry told NBC 4 New York that the inspector told her about the issues verbally but did not give her any paperwork.

Sherry said she was told Rapid Repairs would return, but she is still waiting for them to come back.

She is not the only Staten Island homeowner who is dissatisfied with the program.

New Dorp Beach resident Scott McGrath said an inspector from the Department of Buildings issued warnings about several problems in his house tied to work by Rapid Repairs.

McGrath blames the city for the poor quality of the work.

“Our mayor of New York made this program and he’s the guy that hired these contractors and subcontractors," McGrath said.

The city told NBC 4 New York that there were no monetary fines associated with the fixes that need to be made, and said the problems would be resolved.

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