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(PIX11) -- Over the past year, I’ve brought you several stories about the hardship caused by broken down elevators and delayed repairs.

I did several stories on renovations at the Dorchester complex in Howard Beach that took much longer than expected. 90-year-old Ina Rothbaum said she felt trapped there.

“I haven’t been out for five months! Who can get out? I can’t use the elevator.”

City Councilman James Vacca of the Bronx saw those stories. And they moved him to act.

“Elevator complaints are one of the most common complaints we have in the City of New York,” Vacca told me. “I want the city to have the power to go in and make an emergency repair when a landlord refuses after a period of time not to fix the elevator.”

So he’s drafted a bill to do just that. He says it would also apply to situations such as the Dorchester complex where planned renovations dragged on and on.

At the very least, it gives the city a tool to pressure landlords and building boards to get their elevators working. If you like the idea let your City Council representative know.

We’ll tell you what happens to Councilor Vacca’s bill.