NEW YORK, NY – According to the nydailynews.com, Ivo Nikolic, who heads the New York City’s Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) elevator division, is currently suspended after an investigation was conducted into false elevator maintenance reports.
Nikolic oversees the elevator safety and operation within the city’s public housing system. Following the probe, he was placed on suspension without pay and has no access to the properties that he was tasked with overseeing.
According to reports, the supervisors working under Nikolic filed false reports claiming that maintenance on elevators had been performed when it had not been completed. The supervisors who falsified the reports are now facing criminal charges.
The investigation was conducted after a fatal elevator accident killed an elderly man in the Bronx on December 25, 2015. The victim tripped while getting onto the elevator because the elevator was not level with the floor. The man struck his head and suffered a fatal skull fracture.
According to tenants at the Boston Road Plaza, the elevator where the accident took place had been malfunctioning for a matter of years.
Jasmine Blake, a spokesperson for the NYCHA, stated that the suspension was not the result of any safety concerns.
Marcel Florestal represents Nikolic and says that the director was shocked by the suspension and that he was not given an explanation for the actions taken against him. Florestal referred to his client as a “sacrificial lamb” being used to help the NYCHA save face in the investigation.
The NYCHA has faced scrutiny for the state of the developments, which are reportedly full of rodents, mold and faulty heating systems and the agency is being monitored.
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