District 36

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights

NYC Council Housing Chair Statement re: Fatal Crane Accident

NEW YORK, NY – NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36), Chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing & Buildings released the following statement this morning in response to reports of a fatal crane accident in SoHo:

“Just after 3 a.m., 34-year-old construction worker Gregory Echevarria was struck dead by a falling crane counterweight. This is the third worksite fatality in the construction industry this week, and a chilling reminder of the danger the men and women who build our city are subjected to day in and day out.

“It is also a reminder of the importance of implementing the construction site safety training mandates of Local Law 196 of 2017, which will be a vitally important way to prevent future fatalities like these. I will continue to work to ensure these measures are implemented to ensure we lose fewer lives on work sites.

“My sincerest condolences go out to Gregory Echevarria’s family and friends at this time.”