Jeff Klein’s Law Office Continues Despite Department of Buildings Order

Senator Klein's law firm (Photo: Google)

In 2005, State Senator Jeff Klein’s law office, Klein Calderoni & Santucci LLP, was issued a violation from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for operating a commercial business in a residential zone and ordered to discontinue its commercial use. However, the law firm still remains active at its current location.

“More than six years ago, The New York City Department of Buildings issued a violation that was contested by the law firm. After a hearing on the matter, an administrative law judge imposed a $480 fine, which was paid promptly,” Fred Santucci, a managing partner at the firm, said in a statement after Politicker reached out to Senator Klein. “The matter was believed to be closed and — in the ensuring years — there has been no communication to the contrary from the building department.”

Mr. Santucci’s statement is correct that the judge only imposed a $480 fine while making no mention of an order to discontinue commercial use, but a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings said the ruling only has the ability to issue fines, and other agencies can issue additional requirements.

A DOB spokesman confirmed that the order remained for the law firm to discontinue its illegal commercial use. “The Department issued the violation, and it’s the responsibility of the owner to comply,” he added.

The violation additionally remains listed as “open” on the DOB website and states that no compliance has been recorded. Discussions with people familiar with such violations indicated that there is often very little enforcement capacity after such rulings are issued.

Senator Klein’s spokesman declined to comment outside of referring Politicker to Mr. Santucci.

Jeff Klein’s Law Office Continues Despite Department of Buildings Order