Public outcry forces Bronx Environmental Control Board office to stay open

Public outcry and pressure from the borough president has forced the Bronx Environmental Control Board to reverse its decision to close during renovations.

The choice to remain open during the four-month renovation project comes after residents complained about having to travel to another borough to contest quality of life issues. The borough president even took up the issue with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Press secretary Ian Michaels says Bronx residents who have received violations that don't pertain to building or fire can still use the office on Tremont and Arthur avenues. All others will have to go to Manhattan. Michaels adds the new office will have double the number of hearing rooms, which will help cut down on wait times.

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