Blackout of 2003 prompts call for emergency lights in city buildings

The blackout has high-rise building tenants asking the city to install emergency lights.

Bronx and city tenants say trying to make their way down stairwells with only the light from a flashlight or cigarette lighter was tough. So the tenants spoke up and the City Council listened.

City Council members are now pushing for all Bronx and city buildings to be equipped with emergency lighting. Currently, the NYC Department of Buildings says the law requires emergency lighting only in buildings built after 1968.

City Council members who are part of the Commission on Housing and Buildings say they plan to hold hearings on the issue in the upcoming months.

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