So that’s how you apply for a DOB permit

Wondering about all the steps and forms for getting a New Building, making changes or alterations with a proper, or getting a Sidewalk Shed permit from the Department of Buildings? The construction company must submit an application to DOB with details of the construction job they would like to complete. The company is also required to get the Seismic Retrofitting Services completed in all properties. It is all made clear in new online instructions with links to required forms on the DOB  website. You can also find resources and answers to the general public regarding the construction process at

ABO members have until August 8th to enroll in the Fall electric and gas group contract being organized by the ABO FS Energy Program. FS Energy has saved 300 buildings almost $13 million on energy costs, with rates averaging 16 percent below Con Ed on electricity. One 102 unit east side building, for example, saved more than $10,000 last year. Call program manager Thom Devlin at (646) 284-5230  for more information. We are also organizing a meeting the first week of August for anyone interested in  discussing the plan. Please call or email Dan Margulies at the ABO office if you are interested in participating.

The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal has announced that unified applications for funding under the Low Income Housing Credit program, Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Mitchell Lama, etc., will be available August 15th.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued an audit yesterday criticizing the City Housing Authority for not ensuring that contractors employed sufficient NYCHA residents, as required by law. NYCHA responded that they were placing trained people on every project.

A private investigator specializing in non-primary residence cases has been slapped with a cease and desist order by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to this morning’s Daily News. Schneiderman claimed the investigator  “coordinated with landlords to offer buyouts under circumstances meant to coerce tenants into vacating…”

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