Op-Ed: Scaffold Law is too Costly For NY

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.

Read the full op-ed here

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