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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46119 Justice Thomas PETITIONER HOMEOWNER challenged a $14,300 fine grounded on a notice of violation for converting her home into single-room occupancies (SROs) in violation of New York City Administrative Code ��27-118.1 and 26-126.1. She argued that the fine was excessive, punitive and arbitrary, and that she had corrected most of the violations prior to a Nov. 9, 1999 hearing. The court denied petitioner’s fine reduction request, concluding that the fine and daily penalty for the six SROs was not so disproportionate to the offense as to be unfair. Despite noting that evidence at the Nov. 9, 1999 hearing established the removal of a cellar kitchen and bathroom and that no one lived in the space, the court found no evidence that the work was performed by a licensed plumber as required by �26-142(a)(1)(a) of the administrative code. The court also noted petitioner’s testimony that three SROs remained occupied by non-family members.

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