New York State moved forward on a Tappan Zee Bridget replacement plan last week, as the members of the New York Metropolitan Transit Council (NYMTC) unanimously voted to support Gov. Cuomo’s plan to build a new Tappan Zee bridge.

The bridge replacement plan is the largest capital project currently being undertaken by the state. The Thruway Authority is responsible for the project. A detailed financial plan for the replacement bridge has not been made public.

Read the Governor’s letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requesting a $2 billion loan from the federal government.

Also last week, Unshackle Upstate was part of a coalition of advocacy groups that wrote to the chairman and director of the New York State Thruway Authority asking for their support in working with the governor and state lawmakers to reform New York’s notorious “Scaffold Law.”

That law, which is unique to New York, provides that contractors and property owners are automatically fully liable in lawsuits arising from gravity-related injuries, even when the worker’s negligence was a contributing factor in the injury.

Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, said:

“New York can no longer afford this law. Countless taxpayer dollars are expended needlessly, from the astoundingly high insurance costs to the cost of defending and settling lawsuits from a law that provides no public benefit, other than guaranteed jackpots for personal injury lawyers.”