RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Ramapo officials unanimously approved an agreement with the state that allows for an oversight officer to work with the town's building and code enforcement departments to ensure all safety measures are met.
The agreement, with the New York State Department of State, will permit the state to continue working with the town on all activities relating to administration and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Protection and the Building Code and the Energy Conservation Construction Code.
The passage of the agreement comes on the heels of the state appointing the officers on Monday after receiving complaints from first responders worried about dangerous safety conditions in Ramapo and Spring Valley, in addition to pressure from Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, (D-New City), Rockland County Executive Ed Day and officials with the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force.
“We look forward to working with the town to achieve our shared goal” stated Rossana Rosado, Secretary of State.
The state has been working with the Ramapo Building Department since April. In response to the state’s requests, the department has provided monthly reports showing compliance, said Phil Tisi, director of communications
The Town Board recently updated portions of the zoning law and fire prevention law to meet state requirements, he added.
In addition, new employees have been hired to help with the inspections, and the Building Department is in frequent contact with the NYS Codes Division to insure code compliance issues are being handled properly.
The officers will work to ensure that both Ramapo and the village of Spring Valley properly enforce the state building and fire codes, and will remain until the secretary is satisfied the town and village are properly administering and enforcing the building and fire code, state officials said.
“The Town will continue to work cooperatively with the Department of State,” said Michael Klein, town attorney.