City of Schenectady Completes Less than Half of Required Safety Inspections

The city of Schenectady has limited or nonexistent Multi-Dwelling Fire Safety and Property Maintenance inspection programs.

This is according to an audit of 6 municipalities, conducted by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

New York State Code requires Fire Safety and Property Maintenance inspections for buildings with three or more dwellings once every three years.

According to the report, Schenectady completed only 46% of required inspections in the audited period.

Four people were killed in a multi-dwelling house fire in 2015.

City Building Inspector, Kenneth Tyree, was charged with, and later acquitted on, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, for failing to inspect the fire alarms in the Jay Street apartment building.

Schenectady officials did not submit a response to the audit's findings, as requested, to the Comptroller's office.

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