This week, the Schenectady Daily Gazette published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely responding to an editorial by the Gazette’s staff and exposing that the figures published were indeed an even higher cost to New York’s taxpayers.
“Re July 4 editorial [“Big money follows the powerful”]: Kudos to the Daily Gazette editorial team for exposing the potential corruption behind Speaker Sheldon Silver’s questionable salary from Weitz & Luxenberg. While Speaker Silver is undoubtedly the major player preventing common-sense reforms to our civil justice system, it is not costing New Yorkers $100 million annually. In fact, the tab is running much higher.
The Institute for Legal Reform estimates that the state of New York could save up to $4.3 billion in tort costs and create between 74,000 and 201,000 new jobs by improving its legal environment. And according to a study by the Rockefeller Institute at the University at Albany, our state’s failure to reform the “Scaffold Law” alone is costing taxpayers $785 million in public costs every year.”