Metal security gates now officially illegal

New York /
Jul.July 01, 2011 12:51 PM

As of today, it’s officially illegal to have roll-down metal security gates protecting storefronts in New York City. According to the Daily News, the new law, which was passed by the City Council in 2009 and went into effect today, gives business owners with solid metal gates until 2026 to replace them with gates that are at least 70 percent see-through. Though some small business owners have complained about the cost of the new gates, which they also say are less secure, the intent is to allow law enforcement officials to see inside locked-up stores should they ever respond to a call late at night. “When the police or firefighters roll up to a place at 2 a.m. to respond to a call, they’ll be able to know right away whether a cat set off the alarm or whether there’s a guy in there with a machine gun,” said Peter Vallone, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. The law was originally proposed in 1996 by Anthony Weiner. Vallone is, ironically, now seen as a possible candidate to fill Weiner’s seat in the House of Representatives following the congressman’s Twitpic scandal. [NYDN] 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Building Trades Employers’ Association CEO Lou Colletti and City Planning Commissioner Chair Marisa Lago (iStock)
City bill would force general contractors to get licensed
City bill would force general contractors to get licensed
City Council member Justin Brannan (Getty, Justin Brannan via Facebook)
Council member wants to take up office-to-resi conversions debate
Council member wants to take up office-to-resi conversions debate
Costa Constantinides and Corey Johnson (Getty, iStock)
City Council expands retrofit financing program
City Council expands retrofit financing program
(Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
Tenant activist nixed from City Planning Commission
Tenant activist nixed from City Planning Commission
Corey Johnson (Getty, iStock)
When NIMBYs attack: Why CoJo’s master plan won’t fly
When NIMBYs attack: Why CoJo’s master plan won’t fly
Queens Council member Costa Constantinides is sponsoring the bill. (Getty, Costa Constantinides)
Real estate industry calls sewage-overflow bill “extreme”
Real estate industry calls sewage-overflow bill “extreme”
 Jeffrey Leb and Related chairman Stephen Ross (Wikipedia Commons, Getty, OU Advocacy Center/Photo illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Why real estate is spending big on City Council races
Why real estate is spending big on City Council races
Queens Council member Adrienne Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio (NYC Council, Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
City Council renews tax lien sale for one year
City Council renews tax lien sale for one year
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...