Thank you for joining us for another week in review.
After the horrific fire at Twin Parks North West where we lost 17 people, among them eight children, I joined my colleague Council Member Oswald Feliz to discuss steps to prevent another tragedy of this magnitude from happening again. The result was a legislative package dedicated to strengthening fire safety laws to protect our residents and families.
That package makes amendments to existing legislation and introduces new ones:
- The time that property owners have to correct self-closing door violations will be lowered.
- NYC Department of Housing will re-inspect all self-closing door violations.
- Fines and penalties for self-closing door violations will be increased.
- The definition of self-closing will include doors that fully shut and latch.
Last week, those bills were passed by the New York City Council and I am grateful to Council Member Feliz, the Members of the Fire Safety Task Force, and the New York City Council for their collaboration and partnership to ensure our residents have the protections they deserve.
Our community also scored another win with the introduction of a new bill that will make speed cameras operational 24/7 through 2025 in all five boroughs. The bill is expected to pass in June and is a necessary step towards making our streets safer. I want to thank our State legislators and transit advocates for pushing this forward.
Though there were some wins in our borough, this was a difficult week, to say the least. Monday afternoon, Kyhara Tay, an outgoing, adventurous, joyful 11-year-old girl was shot in the stomach by a stray bullet and succumbed to her injuries that night. The alleged suspect, a 15-year-old boy, is in police custody. This is horrifying and a reminder of the magnitude of our fight against gun violence. Children are shooting children. How did we get here? We need to do better.
As your borough president, I am dedicated to ensuring the safety of our children. They are counting on us and we won’t stop fighting for their safety and their right to enjoy a childhood free of fear.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 718-590-3500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson