Neighbors of the West 16th Road home sent written complaints over the past couple months to the city Department of Buildings about what they believed was illegal construction of a greenhouse/sunroom that John Girdusky was going to build. Girdusky contends his project is completely legal.The complaints led to a Department of Buildings audit, which halted work on the house July 14. Girdusky had begun work on the house by taking apart the deck and beginning to lay the foundation for the addition. He said all of the materials for the construction had already been purchased.But the discrepancies between the sides only begin there. Neighbors have accused Girdusky, a New York Police Department detective, of using his job and status within the city as a way of receiving permits normally viewed as "impossible to receive." Mary and Mike Clarity, who live next door to Girdusky's 66 West 16th Rd. home, said that when they attempted to get a permit to move part of their deck approximately 12 inches, they were only given a leeway of 3 inches, yet somehow Girdusky acquired a permit to build a whole extension which would cover his entire deck.Mike Clarity said he believes Girdusky's position as a chauffeur for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is the reason for Girdusky's special treatment. The Manhattan DA's office would not comment on Morgenthau's security arrangements but a spokeswoman said "Mr. Morgenthau would do nothing of the such," referring to any attempt on his part to help anyone out on personal matters."That man's record is impeccable," Girdusky said of Morgenthau. "Do you think for one minute he'd even entertain such an idea? In a million years I'd never ask that man for a favor like that. But even if I did, I'd be marched out of his office so fast my head would spin."The permit's standing remains hanging in the balance.The Buildings Department audit, triggered by the complaints, cited several gaps in Girdusky's plans, which were submitted by a hired architect. The audit showed Girdusky needed to further explain how he was going to support the added weight on the soil, which is weaker than normal since his house is built right next to Jamaica Bay.Girdusky was given 10 business days, until July 28, to file amendments to his plans or his permit would be revoked, said Jennifer Givner, a Buildings spokeswoma
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