On Saturday, a crew from A & J Cianciulli of Yonkers lifted a Carrier air conditioning system onto the roof the New Rochelle Police Department headquarters and New Rochelle City Court.
Since it was first built about 9 years ago, the building has required a regular series of repairs to replace defective equipment that was installed under a no-bid contract given to Valenti, a local developer.
Among the many problems that showed up in the first few years after the building was opened?
- Heating & air conditioning defects plus fire suppression sprinkler defects (rotted pipes) - $92,000.
- Rainwater infiltrating courtrooms - $35,000.
- Steel tarp installed in the police pistol range to prevent bullet ricochet was replaced due to defective design - $50,000.
The building cost tens of millions of dollars ($291.66/sq. ft.) and soon began to spring leaks -- budgetary leaks. The developer, Mr. Valenti, refused to pay any of the costs because, he argued, mostly everything had only a one year warranty so taxpayers were left footing the bill. The City is still paying many millions in debt service on the building. The HVAC system had to be replaced over the past year.
Having received tens of millions from the City, Mr. Valenti last year agreed to spring for a few thousand dollars to cover the cost of the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Day parade so that residents could have the privilege of marching past the lemon of a building he foisted on New Rochelle taxpayers. Think about the next time you have to pay a parking ticket and have to walk around the entire building to get inside.
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