Bloomberg: Intense City Effort at ‘Place of Carnage’
Robert LiMandri, the first deputy commissioner at the city’s Department of Buildings, said that forensic engineers have determined that the construction site at 301 East 51st Street, where the crane was being used, is stable. The mayor said that a 43-story condominium tower is under construction at the site and that 19 stories have been completed so far.
Mr. LiMandri identified a company called RCG as the general contractor for the construction project, New York Crane as the owner of the crane, and a company called JCI as the crane operator. The crane was made by an Australian company called Favco.
He added: “We have identified that there have been 13 violations on this site since January of 2006. That’s over a 27-month period. And those 13 violations were issued to the general contractor and owner.”
The mayor added, based on Mr. LiMandri’s assessment, that that figure “would be a normal number of violations for a building of this size.”
There you have it directly from the horse's ass, folks. The mayor believes it is acceptable to break the rules as long as you don't go overboard.