ALBANY (March 6, 2013) – All
of the following may be attributed to Mike Durant, State Director of NFIB in
response to Speaker Silver’s concerns over space in New York City schools.
“Yesterday, Speaker Silver expressed concerns regarding
the current state of schools in New York City.
He should be concerned. Too many
children are attending school in trailers that are unsafe and inadequate.
“It is worth noting, however, that the Speaker’s continued
refusal to allow a floor vote on the sensible reform to the scaffold law is a
major contributor to the problem that he laments. The scaffold law increases the legal risks,
the financial risks and therefore the cost of building anything in New York,
including new school facilities. Reforming
the law will remove a big barrier to construction and make it possible to put
our children and teachers in safe, modern schools. The Governor has expressed interest in
addressing this problem and if Speaker Silver is truly concerned, he will take
Governor Cuomo up on his offer.”