Waldorf-Astoria Fined $50
New York’s swank Waldorf-Astoria was fined $50 in Municipal Term Court on June 28 for minor violations of New York fire laws. Magistrate Vernon C. Riddick set the fine after the hotel’s attorney pleaded guilty in answer to a summons issued on May 26.
The list of violations cited by the complaining fire officials, Fireman T. Ross Lavery and Lieutenant James Chambers, fire department attorney, included locked exits, a portable bar blocking an exit from the grand ballroom as well as chairs and furniture stored in stairwells.
The hotel has been the center of several previous hassles with the city fire department, whose fire commissioner, Edward F. Cavanagh, Jr., has criticized the management for delaying notification of the department when fire was discovered in the. plush hostelry.