ALBANY, N.Y. - Controversy over the lawn in Albany's West Capitol Park continued Wednesday as workers began to repair it, but one state assemblyman says he has no plans to stop his quest for answers about the work being done.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said, "I just don't understand how you can come up with a 60 thousand dollar estimate and then not be able to back it up."
$60,000 is the amount the State Office of General Services says it will take to repair damage to parts of the Capitol lawn damaged while thousands rallied protesting the New York SAFE Act in February.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin says the blame and cost is unfair. "I've never seen the state government pin blame on a group and assign a dollar amount to the damage that was done," he says.
As state grounds workers prepared and raked the lawn to add sod Wednesday, McLaughlin was angry he had yet to receive any response from OGS about his request for a detailed estimate.
"I asked for some detailed accounting, and three weeks later I still don't have an answer from OGS."
OGS has estimated labor for the work at $30,000.
"It's just another piece of state property that these guys are paid to maintain, so you can't tell me that there's an added 30 thousand dollars here," McLaughlin said. "It just doesn't make any economic sense. The people of New York deserve to have an answer for what your detailed estimate is."
OGS said Wednesday that it stands by its estimate and that it would not have a final cost until the work is completed.
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