Calls For More Aggressive Buildings Commish

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The city's Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster has stepped down after more than six years in that post. While Mayor Bloomberg praised her service, her resignation comes after a series of fatalities on construction sites her agency was supposed to supervise. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: However much Lancaster reformed her department, she could not prevent construction workers from dying, at least not in the current building boom. On a single afternoon this March, seven people died when a crane toppled and crushed a full block's worth of buildings.

Last week, Lancaster admitted at a city council hearing that the apartment tower under construction was going to be too tall for the neighborhood's zoning and should not have been granted a building permit. East Side Council Member Jessica Lappin said it's time to find someone who will be more effective.

LAPPIN: At the accident of the crane site alone, we had an agency unresponsive to the community, an illegal building that was approved, an inspector who falsified a report and a tragedy where seven people dies.

REPORTER: The Mayor has not yet named a permanent replacement. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.