Council eyes ban on building climbing

June 26, 2008 1:58:02 PM PDT
New York City Council members are considering a proposal to outlaw climbing or jumping off buildings in the wake of several skyscraper stunts.The Public Safety Committee hearing on Tuesday comes weeks after two men scaled a midtown Manhattan tower housing The New York Times.

A grand jury declined to indict one of the climbers, who said he took precautions to make sure no one else was at risk.

The proposal's sponsors say such stunts are a danger to the public and a distraction for police.

The plan would make it a misdemeanor to climb, or try to jump from, any structure more than 25 feet tall.

Violators could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000.