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Over half of sites set for pre-K funds have open DOB violations

Infractions range from minor charges to faulty elevators, boilers and other “unsafe” conditions
June 02, 2014 03:20PM

Hundreds of community-based organizations slated to host the city’s expanded pre-kindergarten program have open Department of Buildings violations.

Of the 894 C.B.O.s that Mayor Bill de Blasio has pegged as recipients of state funding to implement universal pre-kindergarten in the fall, at least 486 have active infractions with the buildings agency, ranging from failure to file reports to faulty elevators and boilers. Some are relatively recent, dating from 2014, while others go back decades.

Some of the buildings named have one outstanding violation, while others have several dozen, Capital New York reported.

Manhattan has a total of 88 C.B.O/s with open building code violations, Capital New York found, while Queens has 126, the Bronx 95, Staten Island 21 and Brooklyn 156.

A de Blasio spokesperson told the news site that all pre-kindergarten sites will be assessed by a city official before September, and that a group of 20 FDNY employees will be devoted to a task force aiding the program’s expansion.

“The quality and safety of these programs is our top priority, which is why we have dramatically increased the personnel and resources for inspections across multiple agencies,” Devora Kaye, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, told Capital New York. “We will have more oversight and higher standards than ever before. We will ensure every location is ready to provide a healthy, safe and high-quality learning environment this September.” [Capital New York]Julie Strickland