Letter: Reforming Scaffold Law Would Save Money

Today, the Watertown Daily Times published a letter from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, calling to Scaffold Law reform as a solution to decrease the costs of the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

“We certainly agree with the Watertown Daily Times that there are better ways to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement than raiding the water fund, a point made it its editorial “Robbing Peter: Cuomo needs better plan to pay for Tappan Zee Bridge project” published on July 9. One of the easiest solutions would be to reform a law that exists only in New York, our notorious Scaffold Law. The law holds contractors and property owners (like the state) 100 percent liable, even if they were only 1 percent at fault.”

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