New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos


NY1 City Scaffolding Permits Up By More than a Third In 2.5 Years by MICHAEL HERZENBERG

City Scaffolding Permits Up By More than a Third In 2.5 Years

After Tishman's death, the city hired additional inspectors, increased fines and in January, mandated that another 220 buildings put up sheds.

“That was a reaction to someone losing their life, and in that regard, I think we should pull out every measure that we can to make people safe," said Brooklyn City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., "but there’s another measure that can be even more effective and efficient.”

The Democrat sponsored legislation requiring the city to explore allowing building owners to use drones to complete required facade inspections. Quicker inspections could reduce the need for sidewalk sheds. His bill is awaiting the mayor's approval.

“We actually need building owners and landlords to take care of their buildings," said Manhattan City Councilman Ben Kallos. "Right now, what happens is, they look at the side of the building, they see a loose brick and then just they put up the scaffolding, and it stays there for years.”

For example, a sidewalk shed on 115th Street in East Harlem has been up for more than 11 years.

“They haven’t done nothing. It’s still like now the same,” a neighbor told NY1.