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ELEVATOR HELL – BLOOMBERG CLEAN UP THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS NOW!!!

December 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary

When is Mayor Bloomberg Going To Clean Up The Sewer That Is The NYC Department Of Buildings?

A father’s grief. It’s what I dread. But ultimately we’re all in God’s hands and we’re taught as Christians that God has a reason for everything. I’ve blogged about the disturbing yet compelling programming on the Discovery Channel which features often grisly tales and mysteries with young women, mothers, grandmothers and even children who were slaughtered at the hands of (usually), the husband, boyfriend or some serial killer that happened to be in the area.

Then there are the all too frequent occurrences of girls going to clubs and getting in over their heads or getting too drunk which in one way or another lead to their demise. It wont be long until we read about another girl falling off a balcony. It’s almost cyclical in New York.

Now is the time to add the New York City Department of Buildings to the list of culprits.

Suzanne Hart, a 41-year-old advertising executive at Young & Rubicam was crushed to death by the mechanical jaws of a evil. It’s the only way I can make sense of this. One second, she’s alive, the next she doesn’t know what’s going on and the next it’s all over. Just like a seal in the jaws of a shark. What the grieving father must be feeling I cannot fathom but if we are to do anything at all to try and prevent the next occurance, the outrage must be severe. The corruption is deep however. Cranes, Construction, Elevators, Fire, Electrical, you name it, the violations go back years and officials look the other way as landlords and building managers find it easier to pay the fines than fix their deathtraps.

I personally faced of with a former landlord about a store I had in the Village back in the 90’s. After extensive renovations, we could not obtain insurance due to the fact that the landlord had extensive violations which he refused to fix. It cost my then wife and I a significant part of our wedding money and changed the direction of our lives. Perhaps for the better. Despite going to court and having the evidence, nothing was done. Business as usual at the New York City Department of Buildings.

Sure every 10 years they’ll allow a few inspectors in the Department to do the perp walk in front of the cameras. It would be interesting to see how many of them are still on the job.

Who in the City Council will step up? Christine Quinn may be one person. I do have a pipeline to her office. Maybe she can help.

Suzanne we won’t forget you and we’ll try and effect some change, so that your sacrifice won’t be in vain. Here is an excellent article about the New York City Department of Buildings and their History of Corruption and its deadly consequences.

ELEVATOR HELL - BLOOMBERG CLEAN UP THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

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I can say this. I have contacted Council Speaker Christine Quinn before and she has responded. She is one of the few New York City Politicians that is not only accessible, but “gets it.”
Contact Speaker NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Now!
Contact: (212) 788-7116
speakerquinn@council.nyc.ny.us

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