Charities; The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society of the City of New York Volume 5, Nos. 27-31

Charities; The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society of the City of New York Volume 5, Nos. 27-31

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...builders and engineers should be licensed, and their licenses should be revokable if they violated the building laws. That policemen should be empowered to arrest violators of the building laws caught in the act. That a.n owner should not be allowed to put occupants in his building or have the water turned on until the Building Commissioner had certified that he had complied with the law in all particulars. President Murphy of the Health Board was the first witness to be called. Being asked to what extent the Health Department had caused the demolition of unsanitary houses, he replied that very little had been done in this way since the decision of the Court of Appeals in 1896, which was to the effect that buildings could not be ordered demolished, although unfit for human habitation, if they could be utilized for any other purpose whatsoever. He said, however, that the Department had ordered a number of buildings vacated, though he could not say exactly how many, unless he had the records before him. Dr. Roberts said that 344 tenementhouses had been ordered vacated in the last year. President Murphy was also asked why he had not enforced the law which requires all owners of tene ment-houses to register their names and the number of their tenants in his department. He replied that he thought the law was wrong. He asserted without the shadow of a smile that he had too much consideration for the feelings of old Knickerbocker families, whose descendants owned property in the "Red Light" district, which was rented by agents or janitors for improper purposes without their knowledge, to allow their names to become public property. When Dr. Roberts was asked why the Health Board made no attempt to enforce this law he said it would be too...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577752
  • 9781236577757