Month

April 2014
Today, two dozen supporters of Scaffold Law reform issued a letter to Governor Cuomo, disputing his claim that reform was not a top priority for businesses. “Scaffold Law reform is a priority for the entire business community because it impedes economic growth, drives up the cost of doing business and property taxes and hampers our...
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In today’s Crain’s New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated he would not push for Scaffold Law reform this session, taking an unusually defeatist tone when probed about the issue. “You can’t change it,” he said in an interview Wednesday with the Crain’s editorial board. “My calculus is you have to prioritize what you want to get...
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In today’s New York Daily News, the Editorial Board issues another call to reform the unjust Scaffold Law. An inconvenient irony for progressive, pro-labor Bill de Blasio: One of the biggest threats to the mayor’s ambitious affordable housing and Sandy rebuilding plans is a union-beloved law. If de Blasio is serious about getting optimal construction...
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In a letter in today’s New York Daily News, Lou Colletti, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses, writes that the Scaffold Law is unfair because it treats safe, conscientious contractors the same as those who are grossly negligent. Two recent accidents on construction sites in Midtown Manhattan where workers fell to...
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Today, four New York based disaster relief groups sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and three legislative leaders detailing how the Scaffold Law has severely hindered their ability to provide relief to victims of Superstorms Sandy and Irene. The groups, which include All Hands Volunteers, Friends of Rockaway, the St. Bernard Project, and the Stephen...
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In today’s New York Daily News, Bill Hammond calls for Scaffold Law reform and takes opponents to task on their claims about the law. The case for finally fixing New York’s so-called Scaffold Law — which needlessly drives up construction costs for everything from apartment towers to bridges to public schools — has never been...
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AGC NYS President & CEO Mike Elmendorf and Rev. Jacques DeGraff of the Alliance for Minority & Women Construction Businesses Discuss Scaffold Law Reform on Time Warner’s Capitol Tonight.  
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