When independent experts analyze the cost of the Gateway Project, they inevitably come to understand what the affordable housing community and many others have known for years: the archaic Scaffold Law stands between New Yorkers and the high-quality, modern infrastructure they deserve.
Unfortunately, while Washington can use common sense to supersede this specific law for federal projects, local officials do not have the same power. This is just one more example of how the twisting labyrinth of New York’s regulatory framework often exacerbates the many challenges facing residents rather than helping to solve them.
Everyday New Yorkers understand the negative implications of this Byzantine system and its contributions to the
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