A letter to the editor from LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely calling to Cuomo to now focus on fixing the broken Scaffold Law now that the Tappan Zee Bridge project is complete.
“With the first span of the newly constructed bridge, Gov. Cuomo is reminding New Yorkers that many said he’d never be able to pull it off — that the project was “too expensive” and there was “too much red tape.” Now that the new crossing at the Tappan Zee is nearly complete, the governor should aim to ensure that no project in New York will see so much state and federal money wasted due to cost-inflating “red tape.”
The main statutory barrier to fiscally responsible infrastructure spending is the state’s unique ‘Scaffold Law.’ Estimates show that the Scaffold Law inflated the cost of the new bridge by up to $400 million. And now there is talk of raising tolls and taxes to pay for similar infrastructure projects.”