Mayor Bill de Blasio personally intervened on behalf of one of his leading fundraisers to have a partial vacate order lifted on a building the City deemed as unlicensed, illegal and improperly worked on, knowledgable.
The incident stems from December 2014, when it is alleged that de Blasio personally intervened on behalf of Satmar Rabbi Moish Indig to have a vacate order lifted on two adjacent Satmar school buildings at 88 and 96 Sanford Street in Bed-Stuy.
One of the buildings was entered without a permit, and the other was found to have illegal classes in the basement.
A city Department of Buildings (DOB) inspector cited it for having dangerous electrical work among other violations.
The newer building was literally built in weeks, and received construction permits retroactively.
After Indig and the Satmars received the vacate order, DOB Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman allegedly was called under pressure from the de Blasio Administration to intervene.
It was during the meeting between Gluckman and Indig at the properties in question that de Blasio allegedly personally called in on Indig’s cell phone to inquire on status of the buildings and ordered Gluckman to have the vacate order rescinded.
The inspector that signed the lift order specified that it was done as per Gluckman, implying that the inspector was uncomfortable to green light it.
It is not the first time this Satmar faction and Indig built a building in record time without proper permits.
They previously built a synagogue in two weeks, and described it a “miracle.” Sadly, a worker died during the work.