New York City Council wants to fix scaffolding abuse

The City Council is considering a new legislative package aimed at revising years of abuse of sidewalk scaffolding in the Big Apple.

“Scaffolding shouldn’t be one of the first things people associate with New York,” said Manhattan City Councilman Keith Powers, who introduced some of the bills.

“It’s time to take back our streets.”

Among the nine bills introduced Action was taken Thursday to create a drone inspection program to help property owners expedite the scaffolding removal process; raise the minimum height of scaffolding by at least 12 feet; and set stricter deadlines for removal when construction stops.

The legislative package also includes a measure by Councilman Eric Botcher (D-Manhattan) requiring property owners to apply for work permits within six months of scaffolding being installed or face hefty fines, as well as another measure requiring brighter lighting. where sheds stand to help keep crime at bay. .

There are more than 9,000 scaffoldings in the city, three times the number from two decades ago, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

According to Botcher, some of the pavement awnings were built as early as 2006.

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