Let New York build

New York Post - - EDITORIAL -

In the wake of dev­as­tat­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, law­mak­ers in both Washington and Albany have much to learn (“Sandy’s re­build a warn­ing,” Sept. 14).

While Congress looks to re­form the flood-in­sur­ance pro­gram, New York’s leg­isla­tive lead­ers must fix the state’s unique “ab­so­lute li­a­bil­ity” Scaf­fold Law, which makes this city the most ex­pen­sive place on earth to build.

Af­ter Su­per­storm Sandy, disas­ter-re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions wrote to Gov. Cuomo that the Scaf­fold Law was a ma­jor ob­sta­cle to their re­build­ing ef­forts.

Sim­i­larly, school-con­struc­tion of­fi­cials and the Con­fer­ence of May­ors have re­ported hun­dreds of mil­lions wasted on this only-in-New-York law.

To en­sure ef­fi­cient cap­i­tal spend­ing and speedy disas­ter re­cov­ery, New York’s elected of­fi­cials must fix this statu­tory ab­nor­mal­ity. Adam Morey, Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs, Law­suit Re­form Al­liance of New York, Albany

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