Records show Clintons renovated NY home without permits

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Building department records obtained by the Journal News/lohud.com show that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton have been renovating a house next to their Chappaqua residence without local permits that are required for construction.

The Clintons purchased a home at 33 Old House Lane in August for $1.16 million and according to New Castle building inspector William Maskiell, an in-ground swimming pool on the property has been back-filled and covered with gravel, among other construction updates.

Maskiell told lohud.com he visited the home Oct. 5 after the department received a complaint about excavation on the property.

Maskiell said as he headed to the basement to speak with the contractor, he noticed the kitchen, floors and walls had recently undergone a complete renovation. He also noticed new electrical fixtures in the ceiling, according to lohud.com.

Maskiell said he told the contractor that permits were required for construction.

The person who filed the complaint that prompted Maskiell’s visit has not been identified, lohud.com reported.

“During conversation I was told that the owners wanted to have all work done and finished by Thanksgiving and were quite adamant about it and what had started as a paint job turned into this,” Maskiell’s Oct. 17 inspection report said, obtained by lohud.com.

A Clinton spokesperson did not return lohud.com’s request for comment.

There are outstanding permits at both 33 Old House Lane as well as 15 Old House Lane, the house the Clintons purchased in 1999.

The property at 33 Old House Lane still needs the following documents: a demolition permit for the pool, a permit for house renovations and certification that the material used to fill the pool is not from a contaminated source, according to lohud.com.

The Clinton residence at 15 Old House Lane has outstanding permits for work such as an electrical inspection inside a library/gym space and a sprinkler sign-off by an engineer and the town water department, according to the building inspector’s October reports obtained by lohud.com. Three variances from zoning regulations for the guard house and the height of a fence have expired as well.

Permit issues that are left unaddressed can lead to fines against a homeowner and/or contractor, according to Maskiell.

The Journal News/lohud.com obtained all building department records through a state Freedom of Information Law request.