New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Ryan Deffenbaugh

Crain's New York Facade safety crackdown could boost sidewalk-shed reform bill by Ryan Deffenbaugh

Facade safety crackdown could boost sidewalk-shed reform bill

Department of Buildings officials pledged to hold building-owners "feet to the fire" after designer Erica Tishman was killed by a falling chunk of debris in Times Square last month. 

Councilman Ben Kallos praised the department's actions but warned against reliance on scaffolding.

"Ultimately the solution isn't just to put sidewalk sheds everywhere," Kallos said. "We need to get to a place where folks are actually doing the work to maintain their buildings."