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Join the Conversation: Questions About Port Chester's Amnesty Program Gain Steam

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Port Chester Patch reader Bea Conetta has started a community conversation about the city's Building Permit Amnesty Program, which seeks to bring many of Port Chester's properties up to code.

Concetta argues that the program unfairly hurts many homeowners and has become a "cash cow" for the city.

Do you agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below, and in the original conversation in the link above. 
Silvio V. Buccieri April 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Bea Conetta, is right on the money, and sure hope she will keep fighting for the home owners who where caught up in the ring of fire'' during the bad years when no one was watching the store!! and they would not touch overcrowding?? somthing smells here.........WAKE UP PORT CHESTER, FOR WE ARE DROWING.
FJT April 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM
The blanket nullification of long-recognized, existing Certificates of Occupancy; the fact that these days it can take over a year to complete a simple real estate transaction in Port Chester; the village's offering of "amnesty" to honest homeowners who have done nothing wrong; etc., etc. -- is all so very wrong. Once again, Port Chester has laid itself wide open to the law. Regarding its actions toward homeowners, one astute observer of Port Chester's ham-fisted governance commented to me, "Port Chester didn't open Pandora's box, it opened Pandora's department store."
PC Lover April 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Seems like the amnesty program was a good idea gone awry. It is high time for the BOE to acknowledge that the amnesty program did not perform as expected and therefore dropped. Further they should publically state that they recognize and acknowledge that the THE PEOPLE who elected them to office want our long recognized, existing C of O's and letters in lieu of C of O to stand "legal tender" as once promised. The amnesty program has become nothing but a trap to fleece well meaning, upstanding citizens. If a single "slum lord" has participated in the amnesty program and "cleaned up his act" as intended, please show us the proof.
Bea Conetta April 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Thank you so much for making your comments. It finally looks like our fight against the terrible injustice to the good people of Port Chester, the BOT's Amnesty Program, is finally taking off. I will be posting the new address of the attorney general in next Friday's Westmore News for those who do not have computers, but I will post it here again now, so all of you can do your part to get the BOT to stop, eliminate, or change it drastically. Write to State of New York--Office of the Attorney General--120 Broadway--New York, NY 10271-0332 FAX-212-416-8025 e-mail-public.integrity@ag.ny.gov I was told by a rep in the attorney general's office to get as many people as possible to contact them. Most importantly, you must use our complaint on whichever form you use to contact them. COMPLAINT # 14-2014 I am also starting a petition, so I do hope some people will be good enough to take one and try to get as many signatures as possible. Pc Lover is right when he said that what could have been a good thing, evolved into a nightmare, and we the people have to change it.

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