North Hempstead building permits backlogged

There are 20 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 27, 2008, titled North Hempstead building permits backlogged. In it, Newsday reports that:

I live in New Hyde Park and have been waiting for a Town of North Hempstead building permit since July.

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Get a clue

Fort Lee, NJ

#1 Apr 27, 2008
The ToNH building department doesn't even hold permittees to the plans they file, nor demand they complete the work within any reasonable period of time.

Unfinished projects are languishing for YEARS as neighborhood eyesores, costing EVERY neighbor home value and aggravation.

ToNH are a CLUELESS bunch of INCOMPETENTS.
THE FRITO BANDITO

Port Richey, FL

#2 Apr 27, 2008
They are looking for some grease like the rest of the politcal crooks.
Nasty Enrite

AOL

#3 Apr 27, 2008
Move to New york City, where the idiots let architects and engineers self certify plans and you can get away with building all sorts of c-rap.
Get a clue

Fort Lee, NJ

#4 Apr 27, 2008
Nasty Enrite wrote:
Move to New york City, where the idiots let architects and engineers self certify plans and you can get away with building all sorts of c-rap.
Yeah, and in NYC you have to post a bond and actually build and finish it as planned, not "as partially built".
Bill

Morristown, NJ

#5 Apr 27, 2008
How much money does Get a clue and Nasty suck out of the poor property owners through the permit process. No licenses not conforming bla bla bla. This country was built for years with no planning departments no permits and better yet no licensed anyone. George Washington slept in hundreds of homes built without the shakedown od government fees and licenses.
Nasty Enrite

AOL

#6 Apr 27, 2008
Get a clue wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, and in NYC you have to post a bond and actually build and finish it as planned, not "as partially built".
Yeah, even if it does not fully comply with zoning and covenants.
Still Waiting

New York, NY

#7 Apr 28, 2008
That story is baloney... they are not making progress on the backlog. If anything it is getting longer and the town plan reviewers are hoping a soon to be offered "private for fee" review process will take the load off of them. We filed a residential building permit in January... at that time they were reviewing September filings... four months later, and they're now looking at October filings. That means they're falling further and further behind.
17 months

Albany, NY

#8 Apr 29, 2008
is more like the right waiting period. The problem is after you finish all your work, Jay Lal looks at your file (at his leisure) and will order you to file for more things years and years after the fact. Isn't there a statute of limitations on these things?
Suzanne

Jericho, NY

#9 Apr 30, 2008
I think there is strength in numbers. We all need to gather together to address what is going on in the buidling department. We can go to the press with our individual stories and hopefully we can make a change. Feel free to email me at ssolko@aol.com and we can work on a plan.
Thanks Susanne
HELP

Jericho, NY

#10 Apr 30, 2008
They say the industry average is a 6-8 week wait for a permit. But the town of north hempstead only has 8 people reviewing plans. They need to increase their staff in order to get through the backlog. Jon Kaiman - where are you? Aren't you incharge of the town? Tom Suozzi - are your out there? Anyone?
Kevin Murray

Corona, NY

#11 Apr 30, 2008
What you do is what I did. Send emails to all the big shots in the town of North Hempstead. When I met up with Connolly, Sullivan and the town attorney, they told me that they are working on it, but theres alot of work to be done. Document everything by email so none of the inspectors can play games. Let take plumbing inspector Kevin Murray who does not return phone calls for at least a month, and then doesnt sign off on the paper for months until you get his Supervisor involved. Oh and dont forget that sometimes they will misplace your file if you dont get along with the inspector but again once you get the supervisor involved they all of a sudden find your file. Like I said email/document everything so they cant play games, and dont be afraid to go after these inspectors this way they learn not to mess around.
more help

Westbury, NY

#12 Apr 30, 2008
They are reviewing November 1st file now, yet it has been November 1st for quite some time and all the files filed afterward has been sitting in the drawers going nowhere They cannot even tell me how long the reviewing process would take if my file ever gets to be reviewed. I'm curious about their claim that it will catch up by July. It sounds somewhat vague. Does it mean that all the files file 3 months before July would have their permits issued by then? I hope Newsday will follow up on their claim.
Accountability

Manasquan, NJ

#13 May 1, 2008
If you are interested in getting this story out then email eden.laikin@newsday.com. If enough people are willing to step up and report their personal experiences we can hold their feet to the fire.
More Accountability

Manasquan, NJ

#14 May 1, 2008
I cannot express to you the level of frustration that I have had and continue to have in dealing with the Town of North Hempstead Building Department.

Today I contacted the building department (yet again) and they are still reviewing permit requests from October 2007.

I don't know how Justin Meyers (spokesperson) from the town can claim that there is currently a three month wait. I've been waiting for more than four months.

If the industry standard is 6-8 weeks perhaps the town can hire more people to review the backlog. Instead of having 2 teams of 4 employees (8 people total) they should hire more people to get the job done.

The responsibility for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Jon Kaiman. As county supervisor, he should be encouraging and assisting any homeowner who wishes to improve their property, especially in these dark economic times.

Instead, what we have is a horribly slow and lathargic process that creeps along at a snails pace.

My advice, if you are thinking of buying a home in the town of North Hempstead - think twice. It is not worth the aggravation.
No Accountability NONE

Fort Lee, NJ

#15 May 2, 2008
More Accountability wrote:
The responsibility for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Jon Kaiman. As <town> supervisor, he should be encouraging and assisting any homeowner who wishes to improve their property, especially in these dark economic times.
Not to mention the town needs to grow some balls and demand permittees actually finish what they start, according to the plans they file, and not leave work unfinished for years.
Hire More People

Jericho, NY

#17 May 2, 2008
Why can't the town hire more people to review plans. It's pretty simple. Hire more people.
Call Jon Kaiman

Jericho, NY

#18 May 8, 2008
If you are frustrated over the building department then call your town supervisor Jon Kaiman. Tell him what you think. I would also encourage you all to attend the next Town Hall meeting, May 27 @ 7:30 p.m. 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset. Also, you can call your local councilman and see if they can address the situation. If you all sit back and do nothing then nothing is what you will get and that is what they are counting on.
tom tom

New York, NY

#19 Aug 16, 2008
how about the fact that he is the biggest guy on the take.
Kevin Murray wrote:
What you do is what I did. Send emails to all the big shots in the town of North Hempstead. When I met up with Connolly, Sullivan and the town attorney, they told me that they are working on it, but theres alot of work to be done. Document everything by email so none of the inspectors can play games. Let take plumbing inspector Kevin Murray who does not return phone calls for at least a month, and then doesnt sign off on the paper for months until you get his Supervisor involved. Oh and dont forget that sometimes they will misplace your file if you dont get along with the inspector but again once you get the supervisor involved they all of a sudden find your file. Like I said email/document everything so they cant play games, and dont be afraid to go after these inspectors this way they learn not to mess around.
Kevin Murray

Jamaica, NY

#20 Nov 24, 2008
Kevin Murray wrote:
What you do is what I did. Send emails to all the big shots in the town of North Hempstead. When I met up with Connolly, Sullivan and the town attorney, they told me that they are working on it, but theres alot of work to be done. Document everything by email so none of the inspectors can play games. Let take plumbing inspector Kevin Murray who does not return phone calls for at least a month, and then doesnt sign off on the paper for months until you get his Supervisor involved. Oh and dont forget that sometimes they will misplace your file if you dont get along with the inspector but again once you get the supervisor involved they all of a sudden find your file. Like I said email/document everything so they cant play games, and dont be afraid to go after these inspectors this way they learn not to mess around.
How many people out-side the plumbing field know for 9 months Kevin Murray was the only field inspector in the Town of N. Hempstead Maybe he missed placed a file, or maybe he didn't return phone calls, he was to busy doing the work of 3. If you went to the building dept he would have left to do your inspection, if you could wait no longer. Kevin Murray
Mike

Philadelphia, PA

#21 Jan 27, 2009
My initial review period exceeded 2 years, so if you've only been waiting since July, count your blessings. Fees went up by 400% during the 2 years I waited, they kept coming up with new things I needed to supply, and generally driving me nuts. I am now in construction, and the inspector keeps coming up with objections and other work to do that exceed the code and the architect's plans. They love to spend your money. I have been told I have to move a mature tree - not cut down and replace, but move. When I said it would die, they said no problem, once it dies I can cut it down and replace it - after paying $1500 to move it first. Incompetents does not go nearly far enough!

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