A Short Sighted Approach To Re-Building The Tappan Zee

Jack Kittle, IUPAT District Council 9 political director.

Rather than criticizing Governor Cuomo over the new Tappan Zee Bridge proposal, we should be praising him for possessing that rarest of qualities among New York government leaders: vision.

In his Daily News column last week, Bill Hammond thinks New York should be cut corners to rebuild the bridge – ditching critical worker safety rules like the Scaffold Law and underpaying construction workers.  But cutting corners is what got us into this mess in the first place.  Fifty years ago, those involved with the original planning and building of the bridge intentionally cut corners to save a few bucks. They built a bridge with a useful lifespan of just fifty-five years.  We need less, not more, short-term thinking.

Read this article by IUPAT District Council 9 Political Director Jack Kittle at LaborPress.