Letter: Scaffold Law Drives Up Housing Costs

In today’s Buffalo News, Jolie Milstein, CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and Bruce Levine, founder of 3d Development Group, write that the Scaffold Law drives significant costs which hinder the constuction of affordable housing.

The severity of the housing crisis in New York State means that every dollar must be spent as efficiently as possible to produce the highest number of quality, affordable homes.

The archaic Scaffold Law – a remnant of the 1800s – is counterproductive since it drives up insurance costs on affordable housing projects in excess of million of dollars, and makes these important projects harder to build. The Scaffold Law has also reduced the number of carriers that will insure affordable housing projects, and has made it nearly impossible for small firms to find coverage.

Read the full letter here

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