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Comptroller Says City Needs To Inspect Elevators More Promptly

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The city needs to do some more heavy lifting on elevator inspections, according to a new audit from city comptroller John Liu.

The law requires elevators to be inspected every year, but the audit found that 22 percent of a group of elevators sampled by Liu's office had gone more than a year without an inspection.

The audit found that more than 10,000 elevators are overdue for inspection out of a total of about 60,000.

Liu wants the city Department of Buildings to better manage the backlog and to improve its follow-up.

A spokesman for the Department said, "The inspection audit, which is based on .15 percent of nearly 61,000 active elevators, does not provide an accurate portrayal of the city's elevator inspection process."

Elevator safety came under heavy scrutiny in 2011, when ad executive Suzanne Hart was killed by a malfunctioning elevator in Midtown.

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