Controversial Sprinkler Law Won't Go Forward As Written, Pols Say

A controversial fire-safety law that homeowners say would be “catastrophic” for New York City’s brownstones and row houses will be rewritten before it comes to a vote, council members promised this week.

Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., the chair of the Housing and Buildings Committee, vowed Thursday that he would not allow the proposed sprinkler law to come to a vote as it stands, according to Kings County Politics.

The new law, which faced a hearing with Cornegy’s committee on Wednesday, would require owners of residential buildings more than 40 feet tall, or about four stories, to install automatic sprinkler systems within the next decade. It is part of a package of fire-safety bills prompted by deadly fires.

The proposed requirement to install a sprinkler system in buidings taller than 40 feet got the thumbs down from council members this week. (Shutterstock / Brian Goodman) BROOKLYN, NY — A controversial fire-safety law that homeowners say would be “catastrophic” for New York City’s brownstones and row houses will […]

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