Originally Posted By: rfarruggia
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I know Mike Del Greco, he is an excellent inspector, one of the very few that I have met who puts his clients interests in front of anyones. He is knowledgeable, intelligent and has a sterling reputation in this industry here. When he was named to the Advisory Committee, I lauded the appointment. He is one of the few inspectors who was providing mentoring as required by NJ regulations to aspiring home inspectors. He allowed me to join him on a few inspections of his when I was trying to get licensed. I learned a fair bit from him, especially stuff about how to treat clients.
He has, at least since his appointment to the Advisory Committee (this is the board which licenses inspectors here) used apparently every tool at his disposal to prevent new inspectors from becoming licensed, has repeatedly and publicly stated and written things and generally acted in a manner that is directly antagonistic to the goals of NJNACHI, repeatedly and intentionally ignored and misrepresented facts to support his position.
He is a tool of ASHI.
As anyone who is familiar with the history of home inspection licensure here in NJ knows, ASHI has worked very hard to institute and influence the licensing regulations. In the words of one of the sponsors of the original licensing legislation, ASHI had used deceit and misrepresentation to have regulations written and enacted not as a consumer protection act, but as a legal method to limit the practice of Home Inspection to a few of its members only. Repeated (recorded) testimony at numerous legislative hearings confirms this. I cannot begin to go over the history again in this post, but for those interested in the details, there is no better place than to read the newsletters at HICAG and follow the links contained within to the recorded testimony of the various hearings.
Since I stopped going to the meetings of the Advisory Committee between November 2004 and July 2005, I personally have little first hand information about how Mike Del Greco has conducted himself as a committee member. But the public pronouncements of his as an indivual
to the "official" opinions of the board since his appointment
exactly mimic the repeated statements of numerous ASHI members (and only ASHI members/officers) at the recent legislative hearings
All three of these links repeatedly contain the quote "This new bill would allow an 18-year-old high school graduate to obtain a full New Jersey home inspector license after less than three weeks in a classroom course and one week of field training". I have had conversations with ASHI officers where this direct quote was also used. This alone proves that Mike Del Greco is not fulfilling his obligations as a member of an independent authority, but as a defacto spokesman for ASHI.
At the September 2005 meeting of the advisory committee, Mike Del Greco spoke and acted in a manner incompatible to the intents and directives of the Governor and combined Legislature of the state by failing to immediately entact the provision of chapter 201 (this is the cumulation of what we have been referring to as A3983 on this board). This is a very direct, simple and straightforward piece of legislation that he, as a committee member (and now committee chairman) referred to as confusing. It is my sincere belief that he finds this simple legislation as confusing to avoid implementing it. The committee had the opportunity to immediately implement the provisions of paragraph 11 of chapter 201 with the license application of C___ T___ at the September meeting, but did not.
Mike Del Greco appeared to not be able to differentiate the difference between the enactment date and effective date of this legislation (this is an important point, as this bill was enacted into law on August 18, 2005, effective 180 days after signing. The committee concluded that the enactment date is February 18, 2006, and the effective date is in August 2006. this incorrect interpretation was corrected by at least 3 members of the public at this meeting, but was not acknowledged, at least not publicly, by the committee). Remember, Mike Del Greco and the other members of this committee are intelligent people, this failure to can be seen only as an attempt to delay implementation of the changes in the law that they oppose.
This law provides (among other things) that certain licenses be granted upon application, during 180 days after enactment. C___ T____'s application could have been considered at the September meeting. It was not, and was returned to the applicant to clarify and re-apply under the old regulations. This scenario will likely continue to happen to other applicants that apply in specific compliance to paragraph 11 of chapter 201 until the committee staff issues an application form that can be used. The committee (again, at least not in public) has not directed or authorized it's staff to produce any such form.
Considering that at this time there is an approximately six month delay in the time between applications being submitted to the committee and their consideration, coupled with the attempt of the committee to delay the effective date of implementation to August 2006 (again, they will hopefully correct themselves to change this to February 2006), there is an attempt to delay issuing licenses as directed in chapter 201. Because existing legislation prohibits unlicensed practice after December 31, 2005, this committee (and Mike Del Greco) is attempting to force qualified, insured and licensable inspectors to close operations form December 31, 2005 until they eventually get around to complying with chapter 201.
This specific issue is just one of the many ways that Mike Del Greco, as a member of the advisory committee has apparently conspired with ASHI to limit the number of persons permitted to perform home inspections in New Jersey. There are others, but I have a 9:00 inspection that I am already late for and I don't have time to post them now. I am disappointed with the action of this 3 person committee, and I know that a number of very senior members of our state government are similarly disappointed. Directives may soon be forthcoming.
I cannot welcome Mike Del Greco to NACHI. I know that you will read this Mike, and I invite you to respond here, in the only truly public forum available to this industry.
The information in this post is my opinion, and not necessary represent the opinion of anyone else.