Property owners and other qualifying individuals in New York City will be given additional time following a disaster to repair and clear their property, without incurring penalties for certain municipal code violations. New disaster legislation passed by the City Council takes effect August 8, 2016, and applies retroactively to fines imposed after Hurricane Sandy.
I’ve posted a detailed summary of new developments here. In this post, I’ll explain why the scope of protection under one of those laws, Int. 1037, depends on how quickly and effectively the City implements a recovery program following the next major disaster. The record from Hurricane Sandy is not encouraging, but perhaps the benefit of that experience will produce better results in the future.
A Quick Review of Int. 1037