“We cannot keep watching bricks fall, scaffolding collapse, injuring and killing New Yorkers. These bricks should never have been allowed to deteriorate to the point that they fell and the scaffolding should never have collapsed. We must pass a law forcing the inspection of every inch of scaffolding as soon as possible. We must pass a law to require building owners to maintain their buildings or step in as a city and do the work ourselves. My deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in this latest collapse and they have my pledge to keep fighting so no one faces the same threat.”
New York Council Member Ben Kallos represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan and has introduced a package of legislation to require the city to inspect scaffolding when installed and over time as well as to require building owners make repairs or face steep fines with the city stepping in to do the work.