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You Paid For It: State Museum Staircase

Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 01:56 PM EDT
ALBANY -- Several viewers have asked Greg Floyd about things in and around the Empire State Plaza. 
Take, for instance, the brand new staircase outside the back east corner of the New York State Museum. 
Greg was asked why the staircase was built and how much it cost.
The State says it had to step up and build the steps alongside the NYS Museum because of a safety concern. Total cost - $1.6 million.
The Museum has been here for 36 years, and for most of those 36 years, the building was deemed safe in case of fire or other emergency.
But now the State says the state code has changed -- specifically egress components have changed.
In case of fire or emergency, people on the upper floors would evacuate down a back staircase onto the terrace that surrounds the museum.
They would then go down the grand staircase to the plaza.
Now that plan isn't good enough -- these stairs were built in case somehow the giant terrace or grand staircase is blocked.
OGS handled the construction of the staircase, but referred us to the State Education Department for an official comment.
State Ed runs the museum, but didn't respond to our request for an on camera interview.
The project came in cheaper than expected -- almost $300,000 below the estimated $1.88 million cost.You Paid For It: State Museum Staircase

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