State Senate OKs Skoufis bills to strengthen code enforcement

Originally published in Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — A package of bills aiming to strengthen housing code enforcement, pushed by a Mid-Hudson Valley lawmaker, has won Senate approval.

State Sen. James Skoufis, D-Cornwall, who spearheaded passage of the dozen or so bills, said they received Senate approval after his six-month investigation into code enforcement issues across the state. Skoufis represents the 39th Senate District.


“The new legislation focuses on improving safety and creating effective oversight by addressing specific code enforcement failures outlined in the investigation,” Skoufis’ office said in a press release.

Skoufis said his investigation took a comprehensive look at the full cycle of the code enforcement process, as well as a close examination of four municipalities: the city of Newburgh, town of Ramapo, city of Mount Vernon, and city of Albany.