The deaths this year include a window installer who fell ninestories when his safety strap failed, as well as the seven peoplewho were killed last month when a crane toppled, as GlobeSt.compreviously reported. In the latter case, a city inspector wasarrested and resigned after authorities said he falsely claimed hehad inspected the crane. At a City Council hearing last week,Lancaster admitted her department had improperly approved aconstruction permit for the building where the crane collapsed.

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[IMGCAP(2)]"I don't think anybody should be fully satisfied withthe Department of Buildings," Bloomberg said at Monday'sconference. "Whether they've done everything they can or not issomething I'm looking at." Bloomberg did say, however, that thebuilding boom increases the chances that things will go wrong. "Ifthere's more construction, it makes common sense that you probablyhave more accidents or mistakes made, but that's not an excuse, andI'm looking into it."

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In a prepared statement, Mayor Bloomerg says that "this morning,I met with Patricia Lancaster at Gracie Mansion and accepted herresignation." He notes that over the past six years, Lancaster hasmoved the D.O.B. a long way forward "by fighting corruption,strengthening inspections and oversight, increasing the public'saccess to information, and bringing increased levels ofprofessionalism and integrity to all levels of her agency."

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He continues that "Patricia led a comprehensive overhaul of theCity's byzantine building code, the first in 40 years, which willmake the construction of homes, schools, stores and offices in NewYork City safer, more affordable, and more environmentally friendlyfor years to come. Patricia leaves a strong foundation of reformand improvement for her successors to build on, and I thank her forher dedication to making New York City a far better place to live,work, and visit."

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In recent weeks, some elected officials have put pressure onLancaster to go, however Lancaster says in the release that "aftersix years in public service, I made this decision because I felt itwas time to return to the private sector. I am proud of thegroundbreaking work the department has done during my tenure toroot out corruption, increase transparency, overhaul the buildingcode, and increase safety for workers and the public alike. Mymessage today, to the talented and capable staff at the Departmentof Buildings, is to keep up the hard work: you've made so muchimportant progress. It has been my distinct pleasure working withyou."

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