Police task force to inspect homes without notice for unpermitted guests

(Source: WCNC Charlotte)
A prop explains Westbury's "Zero Tolerance" housing enforcement program.  (Source: News-12)
A prop explains Westbury’s “Zero Tolerance” housing enforcement program. (Source: News-12)

WESTBURY, NY — A special police task force has been created to snoop in on property owners and make sure that they aren’t allowing guests to stay in their homes without government approval.

Homeowners in the Long Island community of Westbury (pop. 15,000)  have had their private property rights abridged to the point where they cannot even make autonomous decisions about what happens inside their own homes.

The police “Housing Enforcement Unit” will abide by an “aggressive zero tolerance” policy for homeowners who allow so-called “illegal tenants” in their homes.

The cops will sweep through communities and conduct housing inspections “without notice.”

A presentation given at a town hall meeting included a prop explaining the changes.  That poster included the following statement: “Modify Search Warrant Law to Eliminate Prior Notice.  Aggressively Use Warrants and Housing Sweeps on a Regular Basis — DONE!”

Mayor Peter Cavallaro claims that allowing property owners to make their own rules “victimizes the community as a whole.”

Westbury Village Justice Thomas Liotti backwardly argued that it was homeowners exercising their own freedom hurting “property rights” — not the government’s micromanaging of their own living space.

One resident, Perry Esposito, told a News-12 reporter that he doesn’t think its fair that his neighbors can take on a tenant to help them pay their exorbitant taxes, which can be in excess of $9,000.00 per year.

The town is dispersing fliers detailing to residents how they can snitch on their neighbors to the police.

Here is the News-12 coverage of the story, which is obnoxiously one-sided.



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