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Letter: Building Department Woes

(Editors Note: This letter is in response to Linda Liu’s letter to the editor dated April 26.)

I also have a nightmare story to share about the Town of North Hempstead Building Department’s tactics. I have owned my home for 16 years. Last year, I decided to sell my home, since I now reside upstate.

I had to apply for permits for my deck and cac unit. All the paperwork was filed and submitted on January 16, 2012 with the necessary fees. I was told I would be notified within 12 weeks. I hired an architect to handle the paperwork since I live far away.

My architect received a letter 16 weeks later, stating my permits were denied on Jan. 20, 2012 and since I did not response within 120 days, I would have to reapply and pay additional fees.

There was no date on the letter and I never received notification of this denial. I have lost three contracts on the sale of my home due to the delay, and spent thousands of dollars on fees for lawyers, architectural services, surveys, etc.

I was told the town has an expeditor who can guide you through the process for a fee (surprise, surprise).

I encourage anyone who has been bullied by the town to contact Andrew Cuomo’s office to file a complaint.

Deborah Fedorczuk