New York building commissioner resigns
Commissioner Patricia Lancaster resignation comes days after a window installer plummets 9 stories to his death and weeks after a crane collapse killed seven.
A day after expressing concern over the city's building department, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the agency's leader, who has endured criticism over an increase in fatal construction accidents this year.
Commissioner Patricia Lancaster's resignation comes days after a window installer plummeted nine stories to his death and weeks after a crane collapse killed seven.
"It's much needed and long overdue," said Councilman Tony Avella, who had called for Lancaster to step down. "Clearly, under her tenure, the agency slipped into total chaos."
On Monday, Bloomberg said he wasn't "fully satisfied" with the department's performance and vowed to probe deeper.
So far in 2008, 13 have died in construction accidents. Twelve were killed in all of 2007.
Read about NYC's March crane collapse .
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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