Bloomberg pushes tougher NYC building codes
A task force convened after Superstorm Sandy has proposed 33 changes in the city's building standards. That's in addition to a $20 billion infrastructure plan.
"Nobody should be coming back to the neighborhood because of being evacuated for flooding and see their house lying in the street," Russell Unger, executive director of the Urban Green Council, told The Advance.
These idiot elected politicians will never learn that you cannot from some imperial ivory tower legislate or regulate everything to the point that nothing bad or harmful will never happen to anyone. The short answer is to have insurance, insurance is for having a fallback when bad things happen. If someone chooses not to have insurance and a bad thing happens they lost. The flip side is that for us that bear the burden of paying insurance premiums, if nothing bad happens we lose. Liberals cannot wrap their minds around the fact that their are some things beyond their control, specifically natural events. The media is complicit in this, reference the comment above about lack of code changes in response to
devastating tornadoes. To make a residential structure structurally sound enough to withstand a direct hit from a tornado you would increase the cost to build a 1000 square foot rambler to probably somewhere around 1500.00/ square foot or a total of 1.5 million dollars. Nobody could afford it so the same idiots who created the regulation and cost structure would want to raise taxes to offer taxpayer funded subsidies to enable potential homeowners to be able to buy the 1.5 million dollar rambler.
Every crisis and problem existing in this country that appears to have no answer was created by some form of government action. If all the politicians and bureaucrats were not so stupid and corrupt the simple answer to their various revenue shortfalls, high unemployment , failed social programs, failed wars (on drugs, on poverty, Vietnam, Afghanistan, on illiteracy etc etc) could be found by looking inward and reading a statement made in the comic strip Pogo (he was a possum) years ago.
"We have met the enemy and it is us".
Insurance companies continue to keep a stranglehold on building codes and those who have the power to enact them. To be clear, I think on one hand it's a good idea. But on the other if not thoughtfully and carefully implemented it can tack enormous extra added costs to already high big apple building costs which in turn will prevent many people from building a home.
I think insurance companies woo the mayor and anyone else they can sway into tougher codes so they don't have to pay out money when natural disasters and other things occur that create claims. Think about it...who does it effect most when claims are made on homeowners insurance? Insurance companies/corporations have a LOT of influential people in their pockets.......sadly. A lot of those influential people most likely have chunks of stock in certain insurance companies. Things happen for a reason....always. And most times the reason boils down to the dollar and getting things/laws done that will increase those dollars...at the expense of consumers.