The , justly proud of its “ city” , should use its smarts to ensure that thousands of apartment dwellers are living in safe buildings.

Three years ago this week, fire raced through a downtown Schenectady apartment building, killing four people and leaving dozens homeless. Even as an ongoing county court trial seeks to determine whether a former building inspector is criminally responsible, a new state audit delivers its own stinging verdict on the codes department’s stunning failure to do timely inspections of hundreds of apartment structures throughout the city.
The draft report, from the office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, has found the city doing what could only be described as a shoddy job when it comes to inspecting the city’s 1,440 apartment structures. There are no records to indicate whether 684 of those buildings had been inspected within the previous three years, as required by state law.

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