ALJ Alessandra F. Zorgniotti recommended revocation of an outdoor advertising company’s registration with the Department of Buildings. The company failed to pay $597,850 in civil penalties, failed to pay for the removal of an illegal sign, and violated the city zoning resolution at sign locations near a highway or park on three or more occasions within a 36-month period. Although no other outdoor advertising company has had its registration revoked, ALJ Zorgniotti deemed this penalty appropriate because the company repeatedly ignored the Sign Laws and failed to pay outstanding penalties. Dep’t of Buildings v. OTR Media Group, Inc., OATH Index No. 1835/16 (Aug. 24, 2016), adopted, Comm’r Dec. (Aug. 26, 2016).
A taxicab driver was charged with harassing and abusing a passenger. After a dispute over the fare, the driver followed the passenger into her building lobby, yelled profanities at her, and chased her down a hallway. ALJ Astrid B. Gloade found that the driver’s actions were a risk to public safety and recommended license revocation and a $1,350 fine. Taxi & Limousine Comm’n v. Singh, OATH Index No. 2321/16 (Aug. 12, 2016), adopted, Comm’r Dec. (Sept. 7, 2016).
After respondent, a mobile food vendor, failed to appear for a scheduled trial, ALJ Ingrid M. Addison found him in default and proceeded in the form of an inquest. ALJ Addison recommended that respondent’s license be revoked after the evidence established that respondent made misrepresentations about his identity on a food vendor license application to avoid paying penalties on a prior license, and incurred several Health Code and Administrative Code violations over a two-year period, failing to pay the fines imposed. Dep’t of Health & Mental Hygiene v. Gad, OATH Index No. 0005/17 (Aug. 3, 2016).