It’s hard to shake the idea that Assemblyman Jim Brennan kinda knew he wouldn’t be losing his job.
Not only did the 20-year incumbent barely campaign against his unknown Republican challenger — sometimes even taking time to fundraise for his coming race for city Comptroller — he had a full, post-Election Day schedule.
“There is a large group of scofflaw developers that must be deterred,” Brennan said the morning after winning re-election with 86 percent of the vote in a district that spans from Park Slope through Windsor Terrace to Kensington.
To battle the high-rise punks, Brennan will chair a public hearing on Wednesday on toughening enforcement of city building codes and zoning resolutions.
Brennan has suggested strengthening the current laws so that builders who break city codes would have to pay heftier fines, or even go to jail — a controversial get-tough measure that lobbyists for the building industry decry.
“As the building boom goes on, we need to ensure that the city is enforcing codes that ensure adequate public safety,” he said.
Brennan also plans to start off his new term with efforts to protect Windsor Terrace and Kensington with the same type of downzoning that covers Park Slope South and Green-Wood Heights.
Public hearing on building code enforcement and compliance, Assembly Hearing Room (250 Broadway, near City Hall), room 1923, Nov. 19, 10 am. For information, call Deborah Stevens at (518) 455-4363.
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