New York Post: The only-in-New-York law that’s death on affordable housing

Following a committee vote approving the bill and sending it to the full House on Tuesday, the New York Post published an editorial supporting Congressman John Faso’s federal Scaffold Law reform bill:

An insane, New York-only law ties the hands even of do-gooders like Habitat for Humanity as they try to build affordable housing here. Kudos to Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) for doing something about it.

The problem is the state Scaffold Law, which makes contractors and property owners 100 percent liable for gravity-related construction injuries . . . even when they’re clearly not at fault.

This drives insurance costs through the roof and kills other projects because, as Habitat notes, sometimes “insurers refuse to write policies for New York at all.”

That’s why Habitat (among many others) supports Faso’s Infrastructure Expansion Act, which the House Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday. Among other things, the bill would free any project financed with federal cash from Scaffold Law liability.

Read the full editorial here.

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