Increases the safety of elevators in buildings owned by the New York city housing authority by requiring door zone restrictors, stricter inspections, sharing of information regarding elevator safety to the department of buildings and fire department, as well as to the public.
BILL NUMBER: S4603A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the safety of elevators in buildings owned by the New York city housing authority
PURPOSE : To increase the safety of elevators in buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: Amends the administrative code of the city of New York by adding four new sections: 28-304.10 mandates the installation of door zone restrictors in elevators within buildings owned by the housing authority.
28-304.11 establishes that all public housing elevators are inspected by the Department of Buildings following the same rules other New York City building owners follow.
28-304.12 mandates interagency coordination between the New York City Housing Authority, the Department of Buildings, and the Fire Department with all relevant information regarding elevator hazards, rescue missions from the Fire Department, and other elevator safety concerns.
28-304.13 requires the New York City Housing Authority to disclose all inspection data to the public. Such reports shall provide a detailed explanation of how the elevators were graded and why an elevator received an unsatisfactory grade.
Section 2: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : Approximately 400,000 residents--5 percent of New York's City population currently live in NYCHA housing complexes. Many of these residents, including seniors, children, and people with disabilities, struggle with broken elevators that constantly fail to provide necessary services. The system's 3,300 elevators are unsafe, unreliable, and poorly main- tained. As previously reported by the media, in the worst scenarios, the lives of public housing residents are endangered by broken elevators. In August 2008, a 5-year-old boy, Jacob Newman, was killed while opening the doors of a stalled elevator and trying to escape. In 2007, a Brook- lyn woman, who suffered from asthma, also died as she was forced to walk up ten stories to reach her apartment when both elevators in her build- ing were broken. Last year, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer released a report on NYCHA's elevator safety. The Borough President's report, entitled "Dangerous Neglect: Elevator Safety in New York City Housing Authority Buildings," found that 3/4 of elevator inspections in the last 5 years have resulted in unsatisfactory ratings. This bill addresses the major finding of the Borough President's report and aims to make New York City public housing elevators safer for tenants and their visitors.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect in 180 days.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4603--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 24, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Cities in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Codes -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the safety of elevators in buildings owned by the New York city housing authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding four new sections 28-304.10, 28-304.11, 28-304.12 and 28-304.13 to read as follows: S 28-304.10 DOOR ZONE RESTRICTORS. IN ANY BUILDING OWNED BY THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, ALL ELEVATORS SHALL HAVE A DOOR ZONE RESTRICTOR WHICH PREVENTS THE ELEVATOR DOOR FROM OPENING MORE THAN FOUR INCHES WIDE WHEN THE ELEVATOR STOPS BETWEEN FLOORS. S 28-304.11 BUILDING INSPECTION OF ELEVATORS. IN ANY BUILDING OWNED BY THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, ALL ELEVATORS SHALL BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE. S 28-304.12 INTERAGENCY COORDINATION. THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY SHALL COMMUNICATE INFORMATION REGARDING ELEVATOR SAFETY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION PERTAINING TO ELEVATOR HAZARDS AND THE NUMBER OF TIMES FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO RESCUE PASSENGERS IN ELEVATORS, WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF PASSENGERS. S 28-304.13 PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF INSPECTION DATA. THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS SHALL PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC DETAILED REPORTS REGARDING THE RESULTS OF ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS IN BUILDINGS OWNED BY THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY. SUCH REPORTSEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10796-02-0 S. 4603--A 2
SHALL PROVIDE A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF HOW THE ELEVATOR WAS GRADED AND WHY AN ELEVATOR RECEIVED AN UNSATISFACTORY OR LOW GRADE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.