Councilman Calls for Probe into Uncollected Building and Sanitation Fines

In April of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three bills that were designed to help the city collect $1.6 billion in outstanding fines for everything from building code infractions to tickets from the sanitation department. But the latest figures indicate that the value of the city’s claim has barely changed. According to data compiled by Housing Rights Initiative, the Department of Finance records show the city is owed more than $1.5 billion in various sanitation and building fines.

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