City of Binghamton, New York

Why does it take so long to achieve Code compliance?

The constitutional right of due process under law. 
When a violation is identified, the alleged violator is allowed a certain amount of time to correct the non-compliant condition.
Under certain circumstances, a violation may persist over time, while the responsible party takes corrective action.
If there is no meaningful attempt to correct the violation, the responsible party is issued a summons or an appearance ticket. Following this action, the case is assigned to the Unified Court System, where it will be prosecuted.
The final disposition of a violation is determined by the presiding judge, based on the prevailing circumstances of the individual case.

Code Enforcement