Newark Star Ledger: Newark official stripped of license. If you’ve been thinking of buying up property in Newark on the verge of its resurgence, this article from the Star Ledger will likely give you pause, particularly the bit about how this official failed to inspect some essential facilities for new development in Newark. His lack of effectiveness allowed developers to put up housing using substandard lumber and construction techniques.
State officials have revoked the license of a former Newark construction official, charging that he profited from his position by getting a discounted price on a home he was inspecting.
The state Department of Community Affairs opened an investigation into Joseph Giordano, now an electric subcode official for the city, after The Star-Ledger detailed in October how he had issued a certificate of occupancy in 2000 for a three-family home four days after he bought it from a politically connected developer whose work he was inspecting.
In a June 9 order revoking his license, DCA Supervisor of Regulatory Affairs Louis Mraw said Giordano, who has worked for the city the past 16 years, paid $10,000 less than other buyers in the 11-unit development in the city’s Ironbound section. The money came in the form of a credit when Giordano and his wife closed on the $327,000 sale, Mraw said. The couple reaped a profit of more than $300,000 when they sold the Chestnut Street home last year, property records show.