City Councilmen propose elevator safety bill

City leaders have developed a four-point plan to improve NYCHA elevator safety a year after a senior citizen died after sustaining injuries in a public housing building.



"An elevator is a necessity and not a luxury, and elevator safety is an imperative that we must not sacrifice," says Councilman Ritchie Torres.



Last year, 85-year-old Olegario Pabon died after banging his head when he stepped into an elevator that wasn't level with the floor at Boston Road Plaza.



City lawmakers say the building's elevators still haven't been repaired. They blame the accident on a broken brake monitor, which is supposed to shut down malfunctioning elevators as soon as something goes wrong.



Their solution is a proposal that requires landlords and NYCHA to periodically inspect and maintain elevator brake monitors. They would also create a new position in the Department of Buildings to hold NYCHA accountable.



The DOB would also be required to submit information on new elevator technology and require emergency responders to inform NYCHA of all injuries and fatalities due to structural defects of malfunctions in buildings.


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