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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2009

BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI COMMENDS DOB INSPECTOR WHO REPORTED BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS THAT LED TO AN ARREST BY DOI

"I would like to commend one of our inspectors for reporting a bribe to the Department of Investigation, which led to the October 6th arrest of Hersel Hedvat, a Manhattan business owner. Our inspector told DOI investigators that Hedvat offered him money not to issue a violation and a Stop Work Order after he failed to have proper plans at a construction site at 1324 Lexington Avenue. Our inspector flatly refused and issued the Stop Work Order, which is still in effect. This inspector exemplifies the hard work and integrity of so many people at the Buildings Department who have dedicated their lives to protecting the public and ensuring safe development. New Yorkers are depending on all of us to make construction sites safer, and this inspector shows why they should. I would like to thank DOI for their prompt action, and I encourage all employees to report any wrongdoing immediately."

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473

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