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Corey Johnson to Introduce NYC High-Rise Fire Safety Bill


NYC City Councilman Corey Johnson plans to introduce a bill that would implement new fire safety measures in high-rises, following the death last week of Daniel McClung (left). McClung's husband Michael Todd Cohen remains hospitalized.

JohnsonMetro US reports:

Manhattan Councilman Corey Johnson is expected to announce the legislation later this morning, according to his chief of staff Jeffrey LeFrancois. The law would ensure that first responders and building management are able to communicate with residents in emergencies.

The bill arose out of a petition started by the couple's friend Javier Morgado last week.

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  1. Good luck to Councilman Johnson and his bill before the NYC City Council. It is a law that is LONG overdue to be implemented in NYC. I'm sure that the construction industries will fight it tooth-and-nail.

    One thing that begs to be investigated are the high-rises that have been built helter-skelter in Manhattan and, especially, Brooklyn and Queens during ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure.

    Many of them have gone up so quickly that one suspects that those buildings could not possibly have been constructed following NYC's allegedly strict building codes and that safety requirements that were already part of NYC building code law were avoided either through disinterested oversight or outright under-the-table payoffs to have city inspectors look the other way. All of them are potential death-traps.

    Building contractors have ruled the political roost in NYC since at least Bloomberg's second campaign for Mayor if not before, during Guiliani's terms as Mayor.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 13, 2014 11:25:19 AM

  2. It's worth noting that in this case, the smoke spread but the flames didn't, which, I think, is what the city means by "fireproof" buildings. Clearly not good enough. I totally agree that clear communication needs to come first.

    Posted by: Don | Jan 13, 2014 11:35:30 AM

  3. I understand that the building residents were at fault for the smoke spreading through the building. The apartment owner, where the fire started, left his door open and another tenant propped open the stairway door to make their return from the laundry room easy. I also have heard that the apartment owner was a hoarder.

    This is hearsay- not fact. (Source; friends in the building.)

    It's small stupid things that kill people. Thank you Corey Johnson for your efforts.

    Posted by: NYCResident | Jan 13, 2014 12:43:17 PM

  4. The two important things are signs and maybe smoke alarms to alert residents of smoke in the fire escape (so you don't go that way) and the second is to make sure floor re-entry is possible in the fire escape so that you don't become trapped in the fire escape. I know a lot of buildings don't allow re-entry to help prevent theft, but it's clearly a fire hazard.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 13, 2014 1:22:58 PM

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