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Comptroller's Office Says Elevator Maintenance Lacking

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Elevators across the five boroughs in residential buildings and public housing are not being maintained the way they should be. That's according to an audit by the City Comptroller's office.

John Liu says New York is a vertical city and all residents are entitled to a lift.

"Every tenant in this city should expect to receive the basic minimum of services that they paid for through their rent. And those basic minimum services include an operational elevator."

Liu is taking two separate agencies to task, The New York City Housing Authority for not providing enough preventive maintenance in the city's more than 300 public housing complexes and the Department of Buildings for having the huge backlog of overdue elevator inspections -- nearly 6,000 in 2009.

A spokesperson for the DOB says the audit isn't an accurate reflection of their performance since only 0.15 percent of elevators were sampled. The DOB now oversees the inspection of 7,000 elevators per month.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for NYCHA says they've implemented a new elevator safety plan over the last year and, while their numbers are different than the comptrollers', they're confident they have a system in place that better monitors and prevents elevator outages.

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