In 2005, State Senator Jeff Klein’s law firm, 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 make requirements.