Code: Owner Of William St. Building Finally Responds, 2 Months After Fire

Inspectors cataloged a record 466 code violations at 200 William St. after a fire on Jan. 10.

Eight weeks after a fire ripped through the William Street building he owns, a Port Chester landlord finally responded to village officials.

Anthony Tyrone acknowledged the fire and code violations two months after the fact via a fax sent to village hall on Thursday, according to Assistant Village Manager Christopher Steers.

The Jan. 10 blaze began with fume build-up from polyurethane rags left by a contractor in an illegal office loft, according to the Port Chester Fire Department. The official cause was spontanous combustion -- the rags sparked, catching on saw dust left on the loft's floor after the contractor used a commercial sander, fire Chief Kevin McFadden said the morning of the fire.

The resulting code investigation took a month and 200 man-hours, not counting emergency response and clean-up, according to Steers. When inspectors were finally confident they'd found every violation, their report listed 466 citations in a 59-page document.

Tyrone's realty company is registered in Kansas City, MO. Tyrone is accused of ignoring requests for a mandatory fire safety inspection. The village issued a notice of violation in April of 2011 after inspectors unsuccessfully tried to schedule a walk-through of the William Street property in January.

Cited violations in the building include building out 40 illegal office and tenant spaces over several years without Certificates of Occupancy. Inspectors also cataloged electrical problems and said the building lacked proper methods of egress.

Although code and building inspectors don't have the authority to evict tenants, some businesses may be forced to move or temporarily shut down "due to the fact that extensive work may be necessary to correct the violations, and several of the occupancies are going to require zoning approvals in order to stay," according to Steers.

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George Datino March 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
How much money is owed so far?
JJ March 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
George...................excellent question.
Concerned View March 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The Village Board of Trustees via their prosecutors must be totally firm regarding the full collection of fines and penalties on this case. If that means the Village ends up taking over the property and turning it into a park - excellent. If over the next 10-20 years the Village ends up with lots of pocket parks instead of all these overcrowded buildings that are destroying our community - even better! Our property values would skyrocket.
Interested Reader March 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thats a good question for the Board to answer. What percentage of cases are given reduced fines? I would bet its very high. If thats true, I wonder how many of the deals were given to the good old boys club?
Roy Bauerlein March 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
What ever happen to the parking meter scandel? RB
Nik Bonopartis March 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Thanks for commenting. I will continue to follow up. We won't know how much the building owner pays in fines until the case moves through court. There have been no updates on the parking meter investigation since several staffers were suspended/resigned in late 2010 and January 2011. The investigation began in the fall of 2009 when a village staffer noticed inconsistencies in statements made by DPW employees regarding how meter money was collected, counted and processed. It was kept under wraps while law enforcement investigated, until details were revealed publicly in August of 2010. The DA's office has said the investigation is ongoing. No updates or information since then. Here's a round-up from December of 2011, pegged to the conviction of a public official in a similar case of parking meter theft in Hoboken: http://patch.com/A-p9qF
Nik Bonopartis March 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Since this is a lot of info to take in, it's another opportunity to plug the Code Enforcement and Housing Safety topic page here on PC Patch. It's an index of all relevant posts over the past few years. If you haven't read up on the issue in the past, or you're looking to get caught up, it's a great resource: http://portchester.patch.com/topics/port-chester-code-enforcement-and-housing-safety
Aidan March 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I'm with Concerned View. Fine 'em to the max. After all, they played the village to the max. Besides, I think there's a valuable message to send to all landlords who are lax ... or those toying with the idea of converting some space to income-generating usage. First, this is a safety issue. But it also speaks to school over-crowding and to the general quality of life in the village. I'd hate to see a code enforcement opportunity NOT be used to the max against these landlords ... who are located halfway across the nation.
PC Native March 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
anthony tyrone is as shady as they get. he's an attorney and knows all the loop holes to make money, unethically. his "realty company" is based in Kansas City, MO (wake up Port Chester, we're not in Kansas any more!) and probably set it up that way for tax shelter strategies or something. Anthony is laid-up in a PHAT pad in Old Greenwich and owns MANY rental income properties in Port Chester. PC Code Enforcement should check into those other parcels to see if there are any code violations at those locations.
George Datino March 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Hey, is it just me or has anyone noticed a complete lack of comments from the BOT members here on Patch. It wasn't too long ago there was regular comments and interaction. I am wondering if there was some sort of gag order issued?
JJ March 05, 2012 at 09:09 PM
George, maybe the BOT's are silent because there's a threatened legal action against them? Or maybe PC is finally going to take one of these landlord's to court and there's a "gag order" on the BOT? Anytime you deal with an opposing attorney there's always a series of threats ; real or imagined. The landlord sure took his time in replying to the Village Manager. That's a signal that A). He could care less what PC thinks B). He was collecting his excuses AKA information or C). The delays work for him. Does anyone know if there is an "required response time" for issues like this?
George Datino March 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I wasnt talking just about this issue but in general. I would love for them to come out and say more about as a policy the village sticks to its gun and not settle these cases for less than a very high percentage of the pending fine, no matter high that number is. Without being able to really hurt these people, it all is just a game to them and the laywers who work for them.
PC Native March 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
my error... "Tyrant" Tyrone lives in White Plains and not Old Greenwich.
Mort difame March 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Tirone is not TYrone
Mort difame March 06, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Pc native you are a fool
PC Proud March 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
That's brilliant, more property off the tax roll.
Racman63 March 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
For the Record. Anthony Tirone (check spelling) IS NOT the mentioned land owner. Anthony does not own the building, he is not related to Anthony Tyrone, he does not live in Old Greenwich and he does not own hundreds of rental properties. He is a Port Chester native son, a graduate of PCHS, a successful attorney and a friend. You should retract what you said about him.
Nik Bonopartis March 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
There's confusion here because the names are similar. The person named in the documents associated with 200 William St. is *not* related to the Tirone family of Port Chester.
John B March 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Nik: You are too kind, because it is really confusing and difficult to differentiate between TYrone and TIrone
Rick March 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I also feel an apology is necessary from PC Native. You know what happens when you ass ume things.


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