Members of the Town Board of Hempstead will propose
legislation that would penalize fraudulent uses of plumbing licenses, according
to a press release.
The board is expected to vote on the measure this week,
although a public hearing on the legislation must be scheduled for April 10,
according to the statement.
The legislation comes after city officials learned about the
situations, where licensed plumbers acted as if they completed the work and met
with village plumbing inspectors at the sites. However, authorities found that
an unlicensed plumber or a plumber who does not work for a licensed plumber
master actually did the work, but a licensed master plumber put his name on the
permit, the statement said.
$ 3,000 fine for
The bill would affect the master plumber “who helps
perpetuate this type of fraud,” according to the statement, and could lead
to a suspension or revocation of the license, after a hearing of the Board of
Examiners. Plumbers, according to the statement. The building commissioner
could also impose civil penalties of at least $ 3,000 per violation.
Licensed master plumbers must undergo a testing process to
work in unincorporated areas of the city. There are currently 760 licensed
plumbers in the Town of Hempstead who passed the three-part test, which
includes a practical part, and then worked for a licensed plumber for at least
seven years, according to the statement.