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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2008

BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT HONORED FOR DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SAFETY

International Code Council Taps Buildings Department in its Raising the Profile Award

The Buildings Department accepted the International Code Council's Raising the Profile Award Wednesday May 7, 2008, for its dedication to advancing public safety. Buildings Department Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs and Chief Code Counsel Phyllis Arnold and Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Implementation Benjamin Jones accepted the honor at the Washington, D.C. awards ceremony, on behalf of Acting Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri.

 "I'm proud that the International Code Council has recognized the Building Department's dedication to public safety through our proactive enforcement teams, including our Scaffold Safety Team, Scaffold Worker Outreach, Excavations Team and the Special Enforcement Team," said Acting Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri. "We're building upon our foundation of reform, and our New NYC Construction Codes are one example of how we're advancing construction safety for all New Yorkers."

The International Code Council advances building safety and fire prevention by developing building codes to promote building safety and preventing fires in residential and commercial buildings. The Buildings Department used the ICC's Model Code as a baseline when crafting the New NYC Construction Codes to meet New York City's unique needs.

Since 2002, the Buildings Department has worked aggressively to infuse integrity and accountability into the construction process.  With aggressive safety enforcement models being utilized by the Stop Work Order Patrol, the Excavations Team, and the Buildings Enforcement Safety Team, Buildings inspectors are conducting more proactive inspections of construction activity across the five boroughs than at any point in the Department's history.  Building on this progress, the New NYC Construction Codes will advance the Department's mission of furthering the safe and lawful use of all of New York City's 975,000 buildings and properties.

New Yorkers are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report non-compliant conditions or 9-1-1 to report emergencies at construction sites.

Contact:     Kate Lindquist/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473

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