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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2011
Contact: Lisa MacSpadden


President Obama and Governor Cuomo Issue Proclamations to Help Raise Awareness

ALBANY - The New York Department of State’s Division of Code Enforcement and Administration is working to spread the word about the importance of building safety to all New Yorkers in recognition of Building Safety Month.

President Obama and New York Governor Cuomo have released proclamations designating May as Building Safety Month. The President’s proclamation urges “Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.” Governor Cuomo’s proclamation for New York reflects on “the structural integrity of buildings, along with proper design and fire prevention measures” as integral to ensuring public safety. The Governor’s proclamation reminds citizens “to be conscious of all aspects of building safety and the valuable work of those professionals who help maintain high standards of building design, construction and maintenance.”

The New York Department of State (DOS) oversees the enforcement practices of local governments with regards to building construction, fire prevention, and energy conservation. Department staff will be addressing local officials about the importance of building safety during a seminar today in Rockland County. The event is just one of many at which DOS staff is helping to raise awareness about this important issue.

“Adhering to building safety and fire prevention measures is of the utmost importance in all New York communities,” said Acting Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “These practices are essential to keeping the public safe in the many buildings we use regularly, including offices, schools, and shopping malls. I urge local municipalities to support their code and fire officials as they work to ensure that our structures are safe and sound.”

New York’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code are based on the nationally developed International Codes. Theyaddress all aspects of building construction and rehabilitation, such as structural stability, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. The active participation of building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, builders, engineers and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners, is required to make sure buildings are safe.

DOS provides a variety of services in New York related to the state’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. In addition to coordinating with local governments on building, fire and energy conservation enforcement practices, the DOS also provides technical and educational assistance to local jurisdictions, administers variances, and serves as secretariat to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.  DOS is a proud Governmental Member of the International Code Council.