Kavanagh Public Housing Elevator Safety Bill Passes the Assembly

June 18, 2009
On June 18, 2009, the Assembly voted to pass Assemblymember Kavanagh’s NYCHA Elevator Safety Bill, A08154. This legislation would mandate the installation of door zone restrictors, which prevent elevator doors from opening between floors. The bill would also regulate elevator inspections – prohibiting the Department of Buildings’ previous practice of delegating such inspections to NYCHA – and mandate interagency coordination and information sharing among city agencies in regards to elevator hazards and rescue missions by the Fire Department. It would further require the disclosure of all inspection data to the public, including a detailed explanation of how and why elevators receive the grades they are given. The bill builds upon the work of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, addressing the concerns he raised in a September 2008 report on elevator safety. State Senator Jose Serrano has introduced this bill in the Senate.