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Family of 24-year-old who fell to death during NYC rooftop party speaks out

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) — The family of a 24-year-old woman who died after falling from a rooftop during a party in the East Village this weekend is speaking out about their loved one.

Cameron Perrelli died early Saturday during an overcrowded party around 3 a.m. Saturday near East 12th Street and Avenue A.

Police believe she was trying to cross from one building to the next when she lost her footing and fell.

Her father, Louis Perrelli, spoke about his daughter on Monday.

“My daughter was an angel,” he said. “This is a strange accident, it doesn’t make any sense. My daughter would never risk her life.”

Her uncle, Michael Perrelli, placed an angel on the sidewalk Monday to honor and remember his niece.

“She didn’t do anything wrong, very smart, educated,” he said. “Was living the dream, you know. Had everything going for her.”

Elected officials say Perrelli’s death is the latest in a string of documented and reported weekly parties that far exceed safe occupancy levels on East Village rooftops and they want City Hall to take action.

They say there is also a noise issue associated with the parties.

Taylor March lives around the corner from the accident scene and said during COVID, rooftop parties soared in popularity throughout the East Village.

He said they were loud, fueled by alcohol and seemed largely unsafe.

“I live actually underneath the roof so I am up there kicking young people off every night, more or less,” March said.

Elected officials have sent letters to City Hall and building managers, but NYC Councilmember Carlina Rivera is working on two bills to address the issue.

“We are all thinking about the family of the young person who lost their life on Saturday morning. This tragedy shows just how dangerous overcrowded or mismanaged rooftop parties have become, and how often they have little to no safety protections or monitoring,” Rivera said. “We will continue to pursue my legislation to ensure agency responses so that these deadly situations do not happen again. But landlords are ultimately responsible for ensuring outdoor spaces are legally and safely accessible, and are not used improperly. If you make the decision to buy a building, you are responsible for the lives of its residents. And these landlords are not living up to that responsibility.”

One introduced bill would require tenants to sign and acknowledge their understanding of the city’s noise codes and another that is planned to be introduced soon requires better oversight of rooftop use and capacity.

The Department of Buildings said it was not requested to investigate the fatal fall and has not received any 311 calls related to illegal occupancy of the rooftop.

The DOB said in order for rooftops to be legally occupied as a recreational space, the building owners must obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for that use. They said 202 Avenue A does have a Certificate of Occupancy which includes an accessory roof terrace. the adjacent building, 200 Avenue A does not have the certificate.

The investigation into Saturday’s incident is ongoing.

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