Building Codes Quotes

[Sprinkler systems are a] cumbersome and costly apparatus.

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Three weeks before the Triangle conflagration, the Protective League of Property Owners's counsel, Pendleton Dudley responds to Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo order that sprinklers should be installed in a number of warehouses. Only date available: March, 1911.
397903/01/2011 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

[The New York Herald noted that the owners claimed the order amounted to] a confiscation of property…

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New York Herald. Only date available: March, 1911.
398003/01/2011 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

[It is a] collectivist [myth that business people] would attempt to sell unsafe food and drugs, fraudulent securities, and shoddy buildings….It is in the self-interest of every businessman to have a reputation for honest dealings and a quality product.

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Alan Greenspan, writing in Ayn Rand's Objectivist newsletter.
414901/01/1963 | Full Details | Law(s):

Notwithstanding all the talk of a probable exodus of manufacturing interests the commission has not found a single case of a manufacturer intending to leave the State because of the enforcement of the factory laws.

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Factory Investigating Commission
402507/27/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

I do not believe in legislation so radical that it means an attack on the valuation of real estate or driving out of our state manufacturing concerns or other large business enterprises.

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Governor Martin Glynn (D) sides with the business interests, signaling the Factory Investigating Commission’s declining power.
399507/01/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

We are of the opinion that if the present recommendations are insisted upon…factories will be driven from the city, labor will be compelled to accompany them, factories, tenements, and small houses will become tenantless with the final result of demoralization in tax collections by the city. What is wanted is evolution and not revolution.

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Resolution adopted by the United Real Estate Owners Association’s against the Factory Investigating Commission laws.
399206/28/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

You must relieve [New York's] real estate from the terrible yolk of oppression which has been throttling it for some years past…

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Charles F. Noyes, president of the Charles F. Noyes (Realty) Company, on the Factory Investigating Commission ’s new laws.
399106/21/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

That same threat was made when the child labor law was passed and not one of the manufacturers moved out.

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Abram I. Elkus, counsel for the Factory Investigating Commission.
402405/19/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

This condition is depreciating the value of real estate, restricting its marketability, and driving manufacturers out of the City and State of New York.

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Resolution adopted by The Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York.
399005/17/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

The Real Estate Board of New York is informed that thousands of factories are migrating to New Jersey and Connecticut in order to be freed from the oppressive laws of New York State.

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Op-ed by George W. Olvany, special counsel to the Real Estate Board.
398805/03/1914 | Full Details | Law(s): Triangle Factory Laws

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