QC correspondent Shitty Hall here with Mayor Bloomberg:
After a sharp spike in fatal construction accidents and other problems at the city Department of Buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he was not satisfied with the agency and was examining where mistakes had been made.
Amid a historic building boom in the city, 13 people have died in construction accidents this year, one more than the total for all of 2007.
``I don't think anybody should be fully satisfied with the Department of Buildings. Whether they've done everything they can or not is something I'm looking at.''
Bloomberg Not Satisfied with Agency after 13 Deaths
``And let me make it as clear as I can. Simply shrugging your shoulders and saying, 'Well, after all, construction work is a dangerous occupation,' is behavior that will not be tolerated from anyone.''
Speaking Monday at his regular news conference, Bloomberg acknowledged that construction is hazardous and that the building boom just increases the chances that things will go wrong.
``If there's more construction, it makes common sense that you probably have more accidents or mistakes made, but that's not an excuse, and I'm looking into it.''
The Daily News is reporting that his Building czar may get axed. This would be the first firing of a commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg's watch. Back to you, Crappy.
Thank you, Shitty. As Lancaster was not caught playing solitaire at her desk, I predict she lasts out Bloomie's term.