2016-05-25 / Front Page

City: Businesses Must Shut Windows, Doors While A/C Is On

By Liz Goff
Queens business owners will have to shut their doors and close their windows when temperatures rise this summer.

A new law signed by Mayor Bill deBlasio requires owners of small, medium and large stores to shut their windows and doors when their air conditioners are on.

Under the law, sponsored by Astoria Councilmember Costa Consstantinides, storeowners who fail to comply will receive a warning until July 1. Owners who fail to comply after July 1 could face a violation that carries a fine of $250 to $1,000.

The measure expands on a law passed by the City Council in 2008 that requires commercial establishments 4,000-square-feet or larger to shut their doors while air conditioners are in use.

Under the new law, owners are required to post a notice on all entrances and exits urging the public to call 911 to report violators. DCA officials said the agency has instructed its inspectors to “come down hard” on violators.

The city Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has printed stickers emblazoned with the logo, “Shut The Front Door” for distribution to 10,000 businesses throughout the five boroughs that will be affected by the new law.

For more information, go to the DCA website at www.consumeraffairs@nyc.gov. and click on Local Law 850-A.

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