CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – Clarkstown has taken steps toward strengthening its code enforcement as part of an effort to eliminate fire and safety hazards and prevent overcrowding, noise and traffic, according to lohud.com.
In May, the town hired Deputy Town Attorney Leslie Kahn to oversee a team of three code enforcement officers, according to lohud.com, which reported that Kahn, while investigating alleged illegal housing, has obtained eight search warrants and pursued two restraining orders to force property owners to comply rather than simply pay fines from code violations as part of business.
Kahn, who makes $110,000 annually in her position, has been focused, in part, on pursuing slumlords, tackling illegal parking and quality-of-life complaints and looking into abandoned homes, according to lohud.com.
"We're not looking to harass people," Kahn told lohud.com, adding that her department’s role is to keep people safe and enforce town laws.
Another of Kahn’s responsibilities requires that her team enforce Clarkstown’s “do not knock” registry, according to lohud.com, which noted that the town took 58 code enforcement actions in 2015 and 97 through the first nine months of this year.