Reportedly killed by falling building debris in Manhattan on 7th Avenue between West 48th Street and West 49th Street

NEW YORK, NY – NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr., Chair of Housing and Buildings Committee, released the following statement today following news reports of Erica Tishman being struck and killed by part of a building façade this morning in Manhattan:

“My condolences go out to the family and friends of Erica Tishman, who was struck and killed this morning, reportedly, by part of the façade of a building. All the relevant authorities, including the Department of Buildings, must thoroughly investigate. We must be sure Local Law 11, the Façade Inspection & Safety Program, and our broader policies result in safety.

Buildings safety is important for all New Yorkers and important for the millions who visit our City. Whether workers on buildings sites or pedestrians walking our streets, maintaining safety is a critical responsibility. As we keep this pedestrian and the family that experienced this terrible loss in our prayers, we must remain committed to heightening safety around buildings and ensuring that our City is safe for all.”