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Code Alert: New York, 10 March 2010

New York City Council Considers Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for The Deaf Or Hearing Impaired

On March 3, 2010 proposed legislation regarding an amendment to the administrative code of New York City, in relation to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms was filed with the City Council. The proposed legislation sponsored by Councilor Daniel R. Garodnick was introduced to the Council, assigned “Introduction Number 0070-2010” and referred to the Committee on Housing and Buildings. Public committee hearing(s) will be held on Intro 70-2010, where the bill may be amended. The committee will then vote on the final version of the bill and if successful, the bill will be sent to the full Council for discussion and a final vote. If passed by the Council, it is then sent to Mayor Bloomberg, who also holds a public hearing after which he either signs or vetoes the bill.

Intro 70-2010 proposes to amend Title 27 Chapter 2.2 Article 11 by adding provisions for the deaf or hearing impaired. The Bill, if passed, will require the owners of Class A and Class B multiple dwellings to notify, in writing, deaf or hearing impaired tenants, at the commencement or renewal of a lawful occupancy, of their right to have provided and installed free of charge one or more approved and operational smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. The smoke alarm must be capable of alerting such tenant to a smoke hazard and the carbon monoxide alarm must be capable of alerting such tenant to a carbon monoxide hazard in their dwelling unit. If passed, these requirements will take effect thirty days after enactment.

Contact: Gil Moniz: gilmoniz@nema.org


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