News 12 Westchester reports that on Friday, business leaders gathered in the shadow of the new Tappan Zee/Mario Cuomo bridge to call on elected officials to fix the only-in-New York Scaffold Law.
“The scaffold law, which holds construction companies 100 percent liable for injuries such as falls, added between $200 million and $400 million to the cost of the bridge project. Tom Stebbins, of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance, says the law has deterred development projects across the state. ‘Statewide it’s estimated to cost $785 million a year to the public of New York,’ says Stebbins. ‘Think about how many schools we could build. How many more bridges we could build. How we could fix the MTA with that money that we’re wasting on a law that only exists here in New York and has no discernible benefit.'”