FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com MARCH 17, 2016 • THE COURIER SUN 17 CUTLER’S LIGHTING Over 50 Years Experience REPAIRS • REWIRING • RE-FINISHING • LAMP SHADES WINTER BLAST SALE LAMP SHADE SALE 12 years from now, this LED bulb will still be saving you money. 10% OFF OFF ANY PURCHASE With Coupon. Not combinable – New Orders Only. Limit 1 per customer. $150.00 max for discount. LYNBROOK 817 Sunrise Hwy (2 Blocks west of Peninsula Blvd.) 516-887-1300 30-50% OFF On yellow tagged items GREAT NECK 120 Northern Blvd. 516-482-1919 Excludes Repairs, Refinishing, Rewiring. Exp. 3/31/16 CUTLER’S LIGHTING CUTLER’S LIGHTING Ask the MAYOR The Queens Courier and the Mayor’s Offi ce are proud to present this weekly column in which Mayor Bill de Blasio answers your questions about issues that concern you the most. If you have a question about anything going on in the city, in your neighborhood, or on your block, we want to hear from you! Email us at editorial@ qns.com and Mayor de Blasio will get you an answer! Question: Many residents in southern Queens are clamoring for more public transit, and they view the abandoned Rockaway Beach line between Rego Park and Ozone Park as an opportunity to bring new rail service. But others are considering creating a public park similar to the High Line in its place. What’s your opinion on what should be done there? Mayor de Blasio: The Rockaway Beach line is an important asset, and we look forward to working with the community to explore the feasibility of options for its future. Question: Graffi ti continues to be a problem in many Queens neighborhoods. What should residents do when they see vandalism on private or public property? What is the city doing to quickly remove graffi ti from public locations? Mayor de Blasio: I’m glad you asked! We just launched CleaNYC, a new initiative that will signifi cantly expand our successful Graffti-Free NYC program, while also providing sidewalk powerwashing for key commercial corridors in Queens and around the city, and expanding Sanitation’s litter basket service and highway cleanup. CleaNYC is aimed at keeping communities clean and improving quality of life, a priority of this administration. Residents can call 311 or visit Graffi ti-Free NYC’s website at nycedc. com/program/graffiti-free-nyc to report graffi ti and learn more. Question: What should residents do if they believe a next-door neighbor has an illegal conversion in their home? When can the resident expect that their complaint will be answered, inspected and resolved? Mayor de Blasio: They should call 311. As for time frame, it depends on the problem. See below: General Background on Violations: HPDonline provides access to violations of record of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code and the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law in privately owned residential multi-family buildings in the City of New York. These laws state that it is the responsibility of owners to provide essential services, to maintain their properties in habitable conditions, and to correct and repair housing code violations. For information on having violations dismissed, go to our webpage on Correcting Violations. The violations fall in three classes: Class A: Non-hazardous, such as minor leaks, chipping or peeling paint when no children under the age of 6 live in the home, or lack of signs designating fl oor numbers. An owner has 90 days to correct an “A” violation and two weeks to certify repair to remove the violation. Class B: Hazardous, such as public area doors not self-closing, inadequate lighting in public areas, or vermin. An owner has 30 days to correct a “B” violation and two weeks to certify the correction to remove the violation. Class C: Generally, immediately hazardous, such as inadequate fi re exits, rodents, lead-based paint, lack of heat, hot water, electricity or gas. Generally, an owner has 24 hours to correct a C violation and fi ve days to certify the correction to remove the violation. If the owner fails to comply with emergency C violations such as lack of heat or hot water, HPD initiates corrective action through its Emergency Repair Program. Heat and hot water violations must be corrected. Total average savings of Let me show you how combining home and auto policies can really add up. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7 FOR MORE NEWS VISIT QNS.COM State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL 0907501 Car + Home Savings Donald A Enga, Agent 216-18 Jamaica Ave 2nd Floor Queens Village, NY 11428 Bus: 718-468-6500 firstname.lastname@example.org $696* *Average annual household savings based on national 2009 survey of new policyholders who reported savings by switching to State Farm.
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