The New York City Housing Authority promised to spend more money on its elevator maintenance and repairs in view of the epidemic of elevator malfunctions and accidents. See NY Times story of October 29, 2008, here.
NYCHA plans to spend $107 million to replace 630 elevators at 45 developments in the next five years and another $5 million to hire additional inspectors and repairmen to focus on the 50 complexes with the most elevator failures.
It is shocking that only 20% of NYCHA elevators receive satisfactory report cards. The focus is to increase the passing rate to 70%. This is still too low, but it is a start.
Finally, NYCHA is doing something.
We have handled many elevator cases as well as cases against NYCHA. If you or a family member have been injured in an elevator accident, please feel free to call me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434.
Mark E. Seitelman, 11/3/08, www.seitelman.com.