State Senate hearing in Newburgh looks at housing code enforcement problems

Originally published in News 12 on May 23, 2019.

Harsh words and the blame game were heard Thursday in Newburgh at a state Senate hearing on housing code enforcement problems.

Those problems were specifically about Ramapo, Newburgh and Mount Vernon. The hearing comes just three days after two girls nearly drowned in a pool outside a Spring Valley home with numerous housing violations.

State Sen. James Skoufis says he wants to know whether the town of Ramapo is doing enough to prevent similar situations.

Skoufis grilled Ramapo town officials at the legislative hearing after an investigation found Ramapo to be one of the worst in the state for housing code issues, along with Mount Vernon, Newburgh and Albany.