Yesterday representatives of the Town’s Construction Office, the Rooming and Boarding Division of the Department of Community Affairs and the Police Department responded to a one family residence based upon residents’ complaints that the house was being used as a boarding house.
Upon inspection, it appeared that the registered one family house was in fact being used as an illegal unregistered rooming and boarding house. There were two separate beds in the basement, a room on the first floor, and three separate bedrooms on the second floor. The State also identified three separate occupants staying at this house. The State Inspector found enough evidence to charge the owner with operating an illegal rooming and boarding house as well as various other State and Local violations.
If convicted of these violations, the owners could face penalties in excess of $33,000.
Mayor Gonnelli praised the work of the Town’s Construction Office, Police and the State proclaiming, “This is another shining example of various agencies working together to battle quality of life issues here for the betterment of the residents of Secaucus. Whether it be working with the Prosecutor’s Office to combat drugs and prostitution or multi-agency investigations such as this, we will seek the support of all of our partners to do what is right for Secaucus.”
Vincent Prieto, the Town Construction Code Official, added, “We thankful for the assistance we had in this investigation and want to applaud the residents that came forward to lodge these complaints. I would encourage anyone who has proof of this kind of activity to do the same and report these issues to the Police in an effort to improve their neighborhood.”