New York, NY – New York City is tightening rules for raising homes higher off the ground after Superstorm Sandy.
The City Council Speaker approved a slate of proposed home-elevation precautions Wednesday, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign it.
Lawmakers say they want to make sure the work is done safely.
Contractors will have to tell the Buildings Department 48 hours before such work begins, so the agency can monitor it. Also, a special inspector will have to supervise the project.
Councilmen Vincent Ignizio (ihg-NIHS’-ee-oh) and James Oddo sponsored the law after Sandy caused rampant damage in their districts.
They say the idea grew out of home-elevation woes they heard about during a recent trip to New Orleans.