In today’s Albany Time Union, Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, highlights the steep costs of the Scaffold Law on taxpayers and public entities:
The absolute liability of the Scaffold Law drives up the cost of nearly every public project in the state. This is not opinion; this is fact. The data is not in dispute.
The School Construction Authority paid an additional $140 million for insurance for 2014 due to the Scaffold Law. Their estimate for the next three years is $400 million in additional insurance costs.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio call for more pre-kindergarten classrooms, hundreds of millions will be spent on the Scaffold Law while kids go to school in trailers.
The Port Authority pays, on average, $22.7 million for losses on the New York side of a bridge vs. $10.3 million on the New Jersey side — same bridge, same workforce, only absolute liability in New York.