FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING BUILDING SIGNAGE IDENTIFYING LOCATION OF ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCES
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 797-A, sponsored by Council Members Rose, Eugene, James, Koo, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Williams, Wills, Palma, Rodriguez, Nelson, Levin, Foster, Barron, Mark-Viverito, Gonzalez, Jackson, Van Bramer, Vacca, Dromm, Brewer, Gennaro, Greenfield, Lappin, Mealy and Halloran. This legislation requires signage on public buildings giving direction to the nearest available accessible entrance, public toilet or elevator for persons with disabilities.
“Introductory Number 797-A requires new and existing buildings to post a sign indicating an accessible entrance, and signs at inaccessible entrances providing direction to the nearest accessible entrance when one exists. Where an accessible entrance is locked at times when the building is open and not all entrances are accessible, contact information or instructions to gain access must also be posted. This legislation further requires that all new and altered buildings provide directional signage to accessible public toilets and elevators.
“This legislation will better ensure that people with disabilities can appropriately access and use buildings throughout our City.
“I would like to thank the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and Olivia Goodman and Trevor Lippman from the Law Department for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. Finally, I would like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”
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