From the Daily News:
The Bloomberg administration’s pledge to crack down on deadly firetraps throughout New York has faltered, a new report reveals.
The crackdown began after two fires in April and May of 2011 killed a total of five people living in illegal apartments.
The Daily News detailed shortfalls in the way the city deals with the
more than 20,000 illegal conversion complaints that roll in each year,
including a decreasing ability for inspectors to even get into suspected
At the time, Mayor Bloomberg
acknowledged that “not enough” was being done to tackle the problem and
outlined plans to fix that, saying more apartments would be inspected
more aggressively. But when the city released its annual report card on
city services last week, statistics released by the Buildings Department
showed that very little has changed.
Inspectors gained access to suspected illegal conversions less than half the time — a rate similar to that of previous years.
But they made more money.