Utica, N.Y. - Residents of the Michael Walsh Apartments in Utica have been without an elevator since February 15th, the day a 9-year-old girl fell 30 feet down the elevator shaft. And as the girl continues to recover, residents of the building are certainly glad to hear that she is doing better after shattering her leg and pelvis, but they are also getting frustrated, not only over the fact that the elevator remains down, but that no one has been talking to them about what's being done to fix it.
On Friday, we got some answers for residents and it may not be the news they want to hear.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says the city's hands have been tied. He says legally there was nothing the city could do until today.
A 3rd party elevator company out of New Jersey came in on March 9th and inspected the elevator.
Three days later, on March 12th, that company gave the inspection report to the city detailing what is wrong with it. Under law, the owners then had 30 days from March 12th to make the necessary repairs, but nothing has been done. So here on on Friday April 12th, 30 days later, the city has served the owners with a seven day notice to make the repairs, or the city will then take the case to New York State Supreme Court which could then force them to take action.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says city court could only impose the owners a fine, but can't force them to make the repairs, so it would have to go to Supreme Court, "I’m very much concerned, obviously to be without an elevator, going up all the stairs is not what we want for quality-of-life. It’s very frustrating that first and foremost that a young girl was injured and thank God she’s back to recovery in the process. I can say at this point the city will do everything in his power to push this along as rapidly as we can."
We tried reaching the owners of the Michael Walsh Apartments to find out when they will begin making the required repairs, but so far have not had a call back.
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