A recent article in the New York Daily News points to Cuomo’s missed opportunity to save millions, possibly billions of dollars on the costly Tappan Zee Bridge project. One way to save taxpayer dollars? Reform the New-York-only “Scaffold Law”, which holds contractors or property owners 100% liable for any elevation related injury regardless of worker negligence.
“Gov. Cuomo takes justified pride in squeezing excessive spending out of the state budget.
When it comes to the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, however, Cuomo is leaving a lot of waste on the table.
He’s going along with outmoded labor and liability laws that unnecessarily add hundreds of millions if not billions to the project’s hefty price tag — currently estimated at $5 billion to $6 billion.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If Cuomo and the state would get smarter and more efficient about managing construction projects, New Yorkers could get a lot more bang for our buck.
The first thing to go should be the so-called “scaffold law,” a 19th century throwback that holds contractors and project owners strictly liable for injuries due to falls during construction — no matter who was actually at fault.”
To Learn more about the Scaffold Law and how you can help, visit www.ScaffoldLaw.org!