Flushing Times

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: DOB must crack down harder on illegal housing in Queens

About two weeks after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) complained about St. John’s University students living illegally in 11 houses in Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows, three men died when a fire trapped them in rooms in an illegally converted basement where they were living in a Woodside home. Padavan had complained to city Department of Buildings Commissioner Ira Gluckman that the houses in Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows had been illegally occupied for years by college students. Comment.

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