September 30, 2010
9/11 Hard Hat Pledge Founder Andy Sullivan calls on NYC Department of Buildings to Inspect Ground Zero Mosque’s Non-Existent Permits
New York, New York–Andy Sullivan, founder of the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge was an eyewitness to the World Trade Center attacks. After seeing the first plane hit he successfully evacuated all of his construction crew. His one regret from that day is “not knowing that the first girl I ever loved was working at Cantor Fitzgerald. I could have saved her.”
Mr. Sullivan, a lifelong construction worker and a member of New York’s largest construction union is an expert on New York City construction compliance. Andy has been researching the building permits for the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. According to Mr. Sullivan’s research, “that building is being illegally occupied. You cannot issue any type of Certificate of Occupancy either permanent or temporary without an inspection of the premises.” During the 9/11 terrorist attacks the building was damaged when the landing gear from one of planes landed on it causing damage. “Work has been done on that site since 9/11, yet there is no record of inspection since this work was completed, ” says Sullivan. Without the necessary permits and inspections Mr. Sullivan states that “No one can be sure that this building that is illegally being used to hold services is safe. There are real concerns for the safety of those occupying this building illegally.”
Sullivan discovered, “the last work permit filed for the location was filed in 2000. That permit was for installation of air conditioner units.” Department of Building records show that there have been no additional permits issued since 2000. Sullivan asks, ” What about all the damaged that occurred from the landing gear?” “Work to repair the damage done by the landing gear has been done without permits.”
According to Sullivan, in order for this site to meet Department of Building requirements, “all work done without permits has to be taken down and removed. They need to start over from scratch under the strict supervision of the DOB.” Sullivan wonders why the DOB is ignoring the lack of proper permits.
“This site would be shut down if it was any other entity in the this city. Tremendous fines would be levied against any other project. I believe that Mayor Bloomberg is in cahoots with the DOB and figures no one with construction expertise has scrutinized the work permits, ” states hard hat Andy Sullivan.
Andy Sullivan, a 9/11 survivor, is founder of the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge. Over 28,000 people have signed his pledge to not work on the Mosque, if built near Ground Zero. His blog can be found at www.bluecollarcorner.com