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Letter to the Editor: A call for trespasser responsibility legislation

November 19, 2014 By Tom Stebbins For Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Bridge, Eagle file photo by Samantha Samel

We applaud Senator Squadron, Assemblyman Lentol, and Borough President Adams on their call for steeper penalties for trespassing at New York’s landmarks and infrastructure projects (NYC pols seek increased penalties for bridge, infrastructure trespassing, 11.18.14). However, the greater problem is that those criminals can sue the city if they are injured while trespassing. Only in New York and California can a trespasser sue a property owner for injuries incurred while trespassing.

This is not only a burden for New York City and municipalities statewide, but also a burden to every property owner in the state of New York who pays higher insurance costs due to potential lawsuits by criminal trespassers.

We urge the Senator and Assemblyman to support common sense Trespasser Responsibility legislation to indemnify New York property owners against lawsuits from flagrant trespassers.

 

—Tom Stebbins

Executive Director

Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York is an Albany-based group committed to changing New York’s legal system to create more jobs and energize our state’s economy.

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