Month

March 2014
In today’s Crain’s New York Business, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Ploeger and Building Trades Employers’ Association CEO Lou Colletti call for reform of the burdensome Scaffold Law. As highlighted in your online article “Obscure law drives up building costs,” this regulation imposes tremendous costs on the construction industry and makes job sites significantly...
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In today’s Buffalo News, Vincent Morabito, a third-generation small business owner in Williamsville speaks out against the unfair Scaffold Law. While no reasonable person wants to see a worker injured or killed, that goal should not and cannot override the concept of personal responsibility of the worker. The idea that a property owner can hire...
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In today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, Brad Walters, President of the Southern Tier Builders Association, writes in support of reforming New York’s Scaffold Law. The truth about New York’s Scaffold Law is irrefutable and Cornell University agrees. A recent study done by Cornell University uncovers the ugly truth about New York’s antiquated Section 240 of the Labor...
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In today’s Schenectady Gazette, Scott Hobson of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance on New York responds to attorney Bruce Trachtenberg’s misleading claims about the Scaffold Law. Bruce Trachtenberg [March 6 letter, “Scaffold Law is not really strict liability”] seems to want to split hairs over technical legal terms. The Scaffold Law is in fact an “absolute”...
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In today’s Albany Business Review, Krystle Morey highlights the small business community’s top priorities this legislative session. And what tops the list? You guessed it: The Scaffold Law was designed to regulate workforce safety in the construction industry. A new study released by the University at Albany and Cornell University says it’s doing the opposite,...
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This month in the National Association for the Remodeling Industry newsletter, Karl Sivlerberg, the association’s general counsel provides an overview of the Scaffold Law and its impact on New York construction businesses. …there has been a buzz in the construction industry recently over New York State Labor Law § 240, commonly known as the Scaffold...
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This month in the National Association for the Remodeling Industry newsletter, Karl Sivlerberg, the association’s general counsel provides an overview of the Scaffold Law and its impact on New York construction businesses. …there has been a buzz in the construction industry recently over New York State Labor Law § 240, commonly known as the Scaffold...
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In today’s Albany Business Review, Krystle Morey writes about the impacts of the Scaffold Law on Binghamton small business owner Jonny Norton. Jonny Norton says his company lost its insurance provider because of New York’s Scaffold Law. Norton is the owner of FOAM IT Insulation, a residential foam insulation contractor and window installer in Binghamton,...
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In a report released today entitled Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure, the Center for and Urban Future calls on Albany to repeal the antiquated Scaffold Law to help address New York City’s critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. The report concluded that, “Albany elected officials should repeal the nation’s last remaining “Scaffold Law,” which significantly inflates insurance...
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In today’s Buffalo News, the editorial board calls for a repeal of the Scaffold Law, which a recent study found is actually correlated with higher rates of workplace injuries. It has been obvious for decades that Albany has been in the pocket of special interests, but a new report makes the point so clearly that...
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