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Buildings Department Defends Scarano Deal

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The Department of Buildings says that the controversy surrounding the "stipulation" that Commissioner Patricia Lancaster agreed to as part of the arrangement in which architect Robert Scarano gave up the right to "self-certify" his work didn't interfere with any investigations. The Buildings Commissioner signed a "stipulation" agreeing not to report any of the Brooklyn architect's "misdeeds" to other regulatory agency. An email sent out by DOB says that "a stipulation is akin to a plea bargain" and that it "gets a professional out of the system immediately." It also says that "The State was already aware of Mr. Scarano’s misdeeds" and that the deal "had no practical impact whatsoever on the State's ability or interest to discipline Mr. Scarano." The Daily News story had put the situation in somewhat less benign terms, saying that DOB "signed secrecy agreements to hide a series of blunders that led to death and building evacuations."
· Department of Buildings Response to Scarano Controversy [Gowanus Lounge]
· Patricia Lancaster Responds to Daily News Charges [Brownstoner]
· Fallout to Come from Mr. Scarano's Deal with Dept. of Buildings? [Curbed]

[Left photo via nyc.gov, right photo via The Real Deal]