Repeated Building Violations in Manhattan Leaves Residents Without Utilities

On May 12th roughly 700 residents of an Upper East Side apartment building were unable to use gas in their apartments after Con Edison shut off their gas lines. 

The decision to interrupt gas usage in the building was reportedly due to illegal construction work within the building. The building’s owners, who recently purchased building, were issued a stop work order after it was found they conducted renovation work without permits. The Buildings Department received an upwards of 32 complaints in less than two months, including multiple reports of a gas odor in the building.

While the loss of gas was certainly an inconvenience for the residents, the decision to shut of the gas could have very well saved their lives. In the last several years gas leaks in New York City have resulted in numerous injuries and fatalities.

It is the responsibility of landlords, construction personnel, and building management to adhere to construction site policies and protocol. Failure to do so can be extremely dangerous. To learn more about premise liability click here. If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of others contact us today. 

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP