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"Albany Inc.: New York's Huge Hidden Tax"

The Manhattan Institute earlier this month released a comprehensive report entitled "Albany Inc.: The Special-Interest Conglomerate That Runs New York" (press release), which has received extensive publicity (see listing currently on Institute front page). One section of the report profiles the Empire State's powerful plaintiff's bar, which has played a kingmaker role in the state's politics under Democrats and Republicans alike. "New York has steadfastly avoided tort reform, which no doubt partly reflects the fact that key state legislators are prominently associated with personal-injury law firms´┐Żincluding Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the chairs of both houses' judiciary committees, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn) and Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse)."

The idiosyncrasies of New York's liability climate have furnished a steady source of material for my writings over the years, including vicarious car-rental liability, finally overridden last year by an act of the U.S. Congress; New York City's high liability burden; and the predictably dodgy arrangements behind the state's tobacco fees.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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