Investigations Commissioner Responds to Request for Review of 348 Court St Building Collapse

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On July 30, 2020, Commissioner Margaret Garnett of the Department of Investigation responded to a letter sent by Senator Kavanagh and his colleagues representing Carroll Gardens requesting an investigation into the building collapse at 348 Court St on July 1, 2020. Commissioner Garnett affirmed that an investigation commenced on the date of the incident. The text of the Commissioner's letter is below; the original may be viewed via the link above.


July 30, 2020

The Hon. Nydia M. Velázquez
2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Brian Kavanagh
Legislative Office Building Room 512
Albany, NY 12247

The Hon. Jo Anne Simon
Legislative Office Building Room 435
Albany, NY 12248

The Hon. Brad Lander
250 Broadway, Suite 1751
New York, NY 10007

RE.: 348 Court Street

Dear Sirs/Madames:

I am in receipt of your letter in reference to the building collapse that occurred at 348 Court Street in Brooklyn on July 1, 2020. As you requested, this is to confirm that this Office is conducting an investigation into “both the owner’s conduct and DOB’s response.” This investigation commenced on the date of the incident. While we are working diligently and expeditiously and hope to complete this investigation as soon as possible, we cannot, at this time, identify a date when this investigation will be complete.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Heidi Morales at


Margaret Garnett
New York City Department of Investigation

cc:     Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
          Gregory D. Cho, Inspector General, New York City Department of Buildings